On Thursday 17th May, we were delighted to welcome back former Winstanley student, Professor Craig Harris who returned to College to share his vast experience and knowledge of the diverse career opportunities available through the NHS; which celebrates its 70th Anniversary in July 2018.
A key part of his role is to deliver roadshows where he speaks to students and trainee nurses, advising them to keep an ‘open-minded’ approach to potential job roles which may fall outside the ‘traditional scope’ of nursing. He is also keen to promote the importance of a healthy work / life balance to young people who are about to embark on careers within the NHS.
It’s fair to say that Professor Harris practices what he preaches! After leaving Winstanley College in 1996, he qualified as a mental health nurse in October 2000 and worked in clinical practice until 2005. Throughout his career, he has worked in a variety of clinical settings and currently holds the positions of Executive Nurse and Director of City Wide Commissioning Quality and Safeguarding.
Away from the NHS, Professor Harris somehow balances being a Justice of the Peace and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Directors for ‘Survivors Manchester’ alongside looking after his young son and even owning a salon! Referring to his varied career and lifestyle, he said: “Originally I wanted to be an actor or a performer on stage. If someone had told me when I left Winstanley that one day I’d be a Professor in an Executive role, who also owns a salon, I would never have believed it. You just have to try different things and take risks. I have a motto, we have three lives; one we live, one we dream and one we remember”.
Here at Winstanley College, we ensure that future Medics, Dentists and Vets get off to the very best start. Our dedicated ‘MDV’ programme incorporates a wide range of activities specifically designed to help students develop the required skills to make a successful application to university. Highlights of the MDV programme include: work placements, volunteering opportunities, personal statement writing workshops, UKCAT and BMAT tests, external speakers and interview technique workshops.
In addition, we also offer a specialist ‘Healthcare Professional Pathway’ for Biology and Health Studies A-Level students who would like to pursue careers in professions such as: nursing, radiography, physiotherapy, paramedicine, midwifery and dietetics.