Considering a medical career? You could gain valuable experience with the nation’s leading first aid charity, St John Ambulance.
When you are trying to kick-start a medical career, it can be challenging to secure a placement which proves your commitment to the cause. As a volunteer with St John Ambulance you can receive first aid training whilst gaining practical experience for your university application.
Joining our Cadet programme demonstrates your commitment to helping people and a passion for health services. With St John Ambulance you’ll develop skills in patient care, leadership and communication. Most importantly, you’ll learn the skills to save lives.
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Our Cadet programme is for young people aged 18 and under, and offers you the opportunity to provide first aid support at a range of events, including the Virgin Money London Marathon, Manchester Pride, and a range of music festivals and sporting events across the country.
Volunteering at events will give you experience of community medical practice, whilst you develop confidence in dealing with patients and keeping calm under pressure. It will demonstrate that you have considered your reasons for choosing a career in Medicine and have a genuine interest in pursuing the profession.
“Volunteering helped me get closer to my local community. My experience of patient contact helps me stay calm and confident in situations others may find stressful.”
As a Cadet, you’ll develop skills in:
First Aid: training courses that allow you to develop specialist skills in medical assistance and teamwork. Understanding how to interact with patients is crucial to a career in Medicine and you can choose subjects in specialist care and casualty simulation.
Leadership and training: demonstrate your organisational skills and commitment with a range of courses showing you how to inspire your peers and pass on what you have learned.
Communication: collaborating with professionals and fellow volunteers will develop your skills in working as part of a team. We are committed to creating an environment where young people’s voices are listened to and valued. Our Youth Voice Principles will encourage you to express your opinions and get involved in decision-making.
When Cadets are not volunteering and saving lives, they can pursue a range of awards at St John Ambulance. The most prestigious of these is the Grand Prior’s Award – which celebrates committed engagement and a passion for learning and self-development.
“My CV is jam packed with achievements, skills and experiences all gained through being a St John Ambulance Cadet. I was awarded a £2,000 Entrance Excellence Scholarship in Volunteering from my university for all the volunteering work I have done.”
Many of our young people continue to volunteer with St John Ambulance even after they successfully embark on their medical degrees.