STUDENTS at a Wigan college are on track towards a career in medicine after being accepted on a prestigious hospital scheme.
Winstanley College students Amy Thompson, Anna Haigh, Neha Mehboob, Olivia Shallcross and Claire Hindley have all been accepted for the Access to Medicine programme at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.
The five students from the Billinge college will be monitored by the NHS trust’s director Dr Glenn Russell as they gain work experience opportunities at the hospital and are supported to give them the best chance of making it in their chosen career.
The programme is designed to help students who do not have any family members working in health or links to the medical profession get into a career in the sector.
Pemberton student Amy, 16, said: “I feel proud that I have achieved something so big and am very grateful that someone has given me a chance to prove myself.
“I know how competitive medicine is and so am trying to do everything I can in order to guarantee my place at a top university.
“I think this programme is a fantastic opportunity which will give me a competitive advantage and help me gain a deeper insight into the day to day life of a doctor.
“I also feel I will benefit from the ongoing support I will be given by my mentor.
“I’m grateful to Winstanley College for informing me about the opportunity as I wouldn’t have known about it otherwise, and I want to thank college staff for pushing me to get the best grades and giving me the confidence and belief I can achieve my dream of becoming a doctor.”
The Winstanley students are among 30 students from across the North West who have gained places on the programme.