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Our Chief Executive talks to students about NHS career options

Professor Gary Ford, Chief Executive of the Oxford AHSN, visited The Bicester School to talk to students about NHS careers.

Gary, a consultant stroke physician, drew on his experience from medical training through working as a stroke doctor to leading national research and innovation programmes. He was one of more than 100 senior leaders who are going back to school to talk about health service careers as part of events to mark the 75th birthday of the NHS this summer.

Gary, who also chairs the national AHSN Network, said: “I was pleased to have the opportunity to share my career journey and experiences working in the NHS for 40 years and the developments that have taken place in stroke care. I hope it inspired the students to take a closer look at the wide range of NHS careers.”

Feedback from students included:

“I found the talk very interesting. It really shone a light on strokes – their effects, how to spot them, what to do and the possible treatments. I hadn’t realised what a large proportion of society is affected by strokes.”

“It was really interesting to hear from an expert about the work they do, it has made me think about my options for the future.”