Fathimath Rubeena Yoosuf and Sarah Shidane 

Being members gave us the opportunity to see what it's like to work in a busy hospital.

Fathimath Rubeena Yoosuf and Sarah Shidane

Fathimath Rubeena Yoosuf (left) and Sarah Shidane (right) with Pam Pope, clinic receptionist

UCLH is a foundation trust with a thriving membership of over 16,500 members, made up of staff, patients and London residents.  Members have the opportunity to get more involved with the Trust by helping to shape services, attending regular events and receiving UCLH News, the magazine for members.

We are always looking for new members and in October 2011, governors set up a stall at the South Camden Community School (now called Regent High School) Careers event to talk about the Trust, the different job roles that are available in an organisation like UCLH and what being a member is all about. On the day, over 45 students became members including Fathimath Rubeena Yoosuf and Sarah Shidane 6th form students at the school.

As members, Rubeena and Sarah, students who are interested in careers in medicine and optometry, had the opportunity to spend a week of their Easter school holidays at UCLH doing work experience.  The experience gave them a taste of what it’s really like to work in a busy London teaching hospital.  Reflecting upon their experience, Rubeena and Sarah said:

“We were very privileged to be given the opportunity to shadow nurses in different clinics in the outpatients department.  We also got to shadow some doctors in their clinics too.  This gave us a very good insight into the wide range of specialisms that exist in medicine.  We saw how teams work together to keep the clinics running smoothly to ensure patients are seen and treated as quickly as possible. On our first day we talked to nurses about what they do on a day to day basis, which was very enlightening as we didn’t know much about nursing.  We were treated like trainees not A level students and shown what to do if we want to pursue a career in the NHS. This is most definitely the highlight of our academic year – thanks to everyone who helped make it happen”.

“Making a Difference Together “– Join the membership today, it’s free!  Visit  www.uclh.nhs.uk/members where you can join the membership, read more about the membership or watch some short video clips to find out why members wanted to get involved and understand more about the role of members and governors.  For more information, or if you would like to receive a membership application form by post, contact Ros Waring, Membership Development Manager, on 020 3447 9290 or email foundation.trust@uclh.nhs.uk