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National schools' competition


The Step into the NHS schools competition is now up and running for 2014/15 and you could win a fantastic prize! If you're in school year 8 or 9, make sure your teacher has a competition pack so you can take part.

The pack is available on the NHS Careers website and in our teachers' pack which can be ordered by calling 0345 60 60 655 or by emailing us, quoting CAR10201.

What you need to do
To take part, you need to choose one of the many (350 in fact!) careers available in the NHS and devise a job description for it and an advert that will appeal to your age group. There are lots to choose from on the below web pages:

Step into the NHS career A-Z
NHS Careers website

Feel free to be as creative as you like - in the past we've had all sorts of entries including posters, videos, songs, cartoon strips, milk carton wraparounds, radio interviews, and more!

Make sure your teacher has a competition pack so you can get started on your entry as soon as possible. There's no time like the present, but we must receive all entries no later than 30 January 2015.

You can work on your own or in groups of up to four and we'll let your teacher know if you've won by the end of March 2015.

Good luck!

Last year's winners
Congratulations to our national winners for 2013/14 - Katie Forbes, Caitlin Wild, Georgia Haigh and Hannah Mutlow (pictured L-R) from High School for Girls, Gloucester. Their creative entry on the role of dramatherapist impressed the judges.

Sock puppets
The girls devised a campaign to promote the role via a website and video, using a washing line and sock puppets as a theme. Speaking when they collected their prize of a laptop each on 15 May, Katie Forbes said: "We wanted to be as creative as possible with our entry because that's what dramatherapists do in their work.

"We really enjoyed taking part in the competition and are better aware of the jobs available in the NHS."

Watch the winning video.

Regional winners
Entries from around the country included roles ranging from biomedical scientist and neurosurgeon to chef and hospital play specialist. See the details below.

West Midlands
Jeiya Marie Siapno from St Paul's School for Girls, Edgbaston, looked at psychiatrist for her entry, and produced an innovative wanted poster and animated video.

Yorkshire and Humber
Matthew Gurnhill, Harry Snell, Henry Lister and Josh McKenna from Tollbar Academy in Grimsby devised a clever computer game for their biomedical scientist entry. Players have to collect samples and avoid viruses to win.

Thames Valley and Wessex
Lena Roger from Hounsdown School in Southampton impressed the judges with her hanging mobile for her physiotherapist entry.

Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Rosie Bannister and Ariana Zarrabian from Surbiton High School chose art therapist for their entry and created a stop motion film using Sylvianian families.

North east
Thomas Brown and Alexander Dodds from Bede Academy in Northumberland are our north east winners. They looked at the role of neurosurgeon and produced a fictional BBC radio interview.

East Midlands
Fizzah Miah, Isobel Jones and Maddie Kirk from The Dixie Grammar School in Market Bosworth chose speech and language therapist for their competition entry and produced a comprehensive booklet and video to explain it.

East of England
Beth Barrett and Havreen Sahota from St Clement Danes School in Chorleywood decided to feature the role of hospital play specialist in their entry and devised a whiteboard video along with a unique mascot.

North west
Yasmin Lee from Wellington School in Altrincham chose the role of health informatics professional. The judges were impressed with her comprehensive poster to explain what health informatics is about and how it benefits patients.

London
Ruby Gray and Suki Kamouna chose chef for their entry and said they liked the idea of being a chef for the benefit of patients. They produced a video of them cooking in the kitchen and a poster 'storyboard' to go with it.

SEN winners
Our special educational needs (SEN) national winners for 2013/14 are Sophia Campbell, Affaaf Fatima and Jasmin Minshull from Fairfield High School for Girls, Manchester. They chose speech and language therapist for their entry and impressed the judges with an album cover with related song titles to advertise the role.

See all the video and audio entries.