The Med Shed

Communications / PR Executive

THE WORKING DAY

The phone rings in your office at Hull Royal Infirmary just after 9am and it’s a journalist from BBC Look North, wanting to find out about nurse staffing levels on your wards. You contact the right team in the hospital and call the reporter back with the information.

You work on a press release about a new state-of-the-art diagnostic machine to send to the local media, finding out interesting facts and figures about the machine so your media contacts will be inclined to use the article.

In the afternoon, you meet a team of physiotherapists wanting to produce a leaflet for patients who suffer from back-pain. You suggest the best way of designing the leaflet and offer to help with writing it. Every day is varied and fast-paced and you love promoting an organisation that saves lives.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You’re a good communicator and are able to persuade and influence others. You can handle many tasks at once, stay calm under pressure and are very resilient.

WHAT'S NEXT?

You’ll usually need five 9-4 (A*-C) grade GCSEs (or equivalent level 2 qualifications), so you can apply for at least two A-Levels (or the equivalent) at college or 6th form.

Gaining at least two A-Levels (or equivalent level 3 qualifications) is a good idea, in order to take a degree – preferably in communications or similar, relevant subject.