Healthcare professionals of the future attend UCLH Summer School 

23/07/2019 00:00 
Teenagers have joined an inspiring week of activities at the UCLH Residential Summer School, including 16-year-old Mustafa Ozakinsel who decided to be a doctor after his father was diagnosed with cancer.

Mustafa, who wants to be a neurosurgeon, has joined 20 other aspiring healthcare professionals aged 16 and 17 at the UCH summer school, hosted across the Trust with lectures and workshops delivered in the Education Centre at 250 Euston Road.

Mustafa said: “I was six when my dad was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

“He had to go for quite a difficult operation and we didn’t know whether he would survive. I told him before he went in that if he survived, I would become a doctor.

“That was 11 years ago and he is still alive.”

Since 2015, 124 students have attended the UCH Summer School. Of the 40 people who responded to a questionnaire in 2015 and 2016, 39 have gone into health-related further study.

The week-long course includes information about how to get into different healthcare careers, advice on university applications, a two-day work experience placement, and more.

Mustafa said: “It has been a great experience and we have learnt so much about the skills we need.”

For the first time, the programme was closed by workforce director Ben Morrin and non-executive director Althea Efunshile.

The majority of students are recruited via charities, including The Social Mobility Foundation, Into University, Camden STEAM and The Mullany Fund - to aid authentic steps towards social mobility; with living costs supported by the UCH Charity.

The summer school runs yearly. Click here for more information.

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