Welcome to the Senior Academy!

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Health and Care Academy has been created with input from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Integrated Care System partners, Health Education England, schools, colleges and universities in the local area.

Here you have the opportunity to learn about the wide range of roles within the NHS (Health) and Care. Throughout the pre-recorded sessions, you will have the chance to meet Health and Care Professionals throughout Cambridgeshire and Peterborough; both clinical and non-clinical. The Senior Academy will guide you through the first steps into the world of Health and Care Careers.


Working through the modules

To start completing the modules, you will need to begin by watching the recordings. You can view these by scrolling through via the arrows on either side of the video. Remember to make notes throughout as they will help you complete your portfolio and quick quizzes. Once you have watched all the videos, you can mark the section as complete and move onto the next section (explore more or quiz).

If you do not have a Portfolio, please contact us via email or speak to your teacher and we can provide you with a copy.


Getting the best from the modules

In order to benefit from the Senior Academy, we suggest that you explore all the information available. Take time at the beginning of each session to write down a few questions or pointers that you may wish to learn more about and reflect upon. These could be:

  • What do I need to find out about this role?
  • Do I understand the requirements of the job?
  • Do I need to do some additional research?

After looking at the schedule if you have any questions you would like to directly ask one of the speakers or department, please email us.


Our Advice

We advise that you spend either:

  • A minimum of three months completing the modules, this would equate to one module per week or
  • A maximum of six months, equate two modules per month.

Although this cohort is not comprised of live sessions, you still have the opportunity to submit questions directly to us (via email) to ask our guest speakers throughout your journey.

Top tip

In every week you will find additional materials (PowerPoints, pdf’s, etc.) in the Resources Centre and in some modules you will also have an explore more section.

Contact us

If you need any further support or information, please contact us at Health&CareAcademy@addenbrookes.nhs.uk


Welcome and Introductions

You will find recordings from Vanessa and Richard, alongside the Cradle to Grave video and slides on Care. Please spend time watching these recordings and answering the questions set at the end of these.

If you have not done so already, please complete your ‘letter to self’ (page 5 of your portfolio) and upload onto your profile or email it to the Team.

Top tip: take note on the ‘Cradle to Grave’ video as you may be asked about it in the questions at the end. 

Special Guest take over: Anglia Ruskin University.

This week Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) took over the Senior Academy session. You will find recordings, PowerPoints, interactive materials (including the 3 sheet method) from ARU on advice how to write your personal statement as well as top tips.

 Let’s talk: Allied Healthcare Professionals.

Week three focuses on Allied Healthcare Professionals (commonly referred to as AHPs). You will find various recordings from different AHPs and teams where they talk about their roles and career pathways.

These include recordings from: Physiotherapist, Prosthetist / Orthotist, Diagnostic Radiographer, Paramedic and an Orthoptist team.

Alongside the recordings you will find additional materials on AHPs in the resource centre, and useful links in the explore more section.

 Virtual Skills

Week 4 introduces some of the skills that you will learn in health and care. These include:

  • Basic Life Support (BLS),
  • Recognising a stroke,
  • How to manage if someone is choking (Baby, Child & Adult),
  • Recovery position,
  • Basic observations.

In addition, you will also hear from two other Allied Healthcare Professionals – Dietitian and Speech and Language Therapist.

Top tip: Watching all the recordings will assist you in answering the interactive questions at the end of this session (week 4).

 Let’s talk: Nursing vs Midwifery.

In week five hear from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Nurses and a Midwife.

You will learn about the four different branches of Nursing (Adult, Children, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities) as well as the difference between Children’s Nursing and Midwifery.

Roles in Mental Health

In this week you will explore the roles within Mental Health.

The recordings are from speakers that work in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust discussing their roles and the service.

Focus on.. all things Theatres and Infection Control.

In this weeks session we explore the roles in the operation theatre, and learn about the importance of infection control.

Insight Week into Non-Clinical Roles.

Over the past weeks we have heard about the clinical roles in Health and Care. This week we will focus on the non-clinical role and opportunities that are available in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Communication Week

Communication is essential throughout health and care. In this week we look at communicating with others (patients, staff and peers), and the challenges that you may face.

 Pharmacy, Healthcare Science and Medical Science. 

In this week week we look at the roles in Sciences, Pharmacy and Medicine.

What if University is not for me?

In this week we look at alternative routes to university as well as apprenticeships.

We talk about work experience and tips to get the right experience.

Next Steps 

This session will be held at either 3 or 6 months from starting the Senior Academy.

You will attend a live Microsoft Teams session which will cover the following:

  • Portfolio
  • Alumni