NHS Cadets

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Reach your potential with NHS Cadets and learn the skills you need to support vital healthcare teams across the country.

NHS Cadets is a programme for 14 to 18 year olds created by St John Ambulance in partnership with the NHS. It’s designed to provide you with the opportunity to explore roles in healthcare and prepare for volunteering.

About the programme

The programme consists of two pathways, foundation for 14 to 16 year olds and advanced for 16 to 18 year olds. You'll learn about a range of exciting healthcare topics, develop your leadership and communication skills, and gain insight into volunteering within the NHS.

It's a free programme which place over 36 weeks and consists of 2 hour weekly sessions, where you will be supported by the NHS Cadets team.

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Who can get involved?

NHS cadets programme is open to all young people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

How do I get involved?

To learn more and to sign up, please visit the NHS Cadets website . You can also email the NHS Cadets team on nhscadets@sja.org.uk.