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Hospital 'Youth Ambassador' Helps Students Through The Exam Season

Emma Hickson
Emma Hickson, 'Youth Ambassador' at Mid Cheshire Hospitals.

26 April 2018

A ‘youth ambassador’ at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has completed a project to help local students through the exam season.

Emma Hickson, 17, became a youth ambassador for the Trust in September 2017 and has since worked alongside the Membership team to develop a leaflet highlighting the importance of nutrition while preparing for tests.

The leaflet contains tips on how to remain mentally and physically healthy along with simple and easy recipes that have been compiled with the help of resources from the British Dietetic Association.

Emma said: “During my time as a youth ambassador, I have undertaken a personal project in which I have created a leaflet that is aimed at year 11 students regarding the importance of their nutritional choices during their GSCEs.

“As a year 12 student myself, who is currently preparing for exams, I understand both the challenge but also the necessity of looking after my physical and mental health during this stressful period.”

Emma decided to focus on nutrition due to dietetics being her career ambition. Through the year-long programme, Emma has been able to work with dieticians at Crewe’s Leighton Hospital and gain valuable experience. She is now certain to follow this career path.

The leaflet will be distributed to schools across Cheshire East with the support of the Cheshire Public Health service, allowing students to be prepared for the upcoming exam season.

Emma was one of three youth ambassadors to work on individual projects during 2017/18.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which manages Leighton Hospital, Northwich’s Victoria Infirmary and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, is now on the lookout for new youth ambassadors to help develop its youth services and encourage change at the Trust.

If you are between the ages of 16 and 25 and want to learn more about how an NHS organisation is run, please contact the Membership team on 01270  612365 or by emailing Mitchell.benson@mcht.nhs.uk.

Alternatively, you can find further information along with a digital copy of Emma’s leaflet by visiting www.mcht.nhs.uk/youthambassadors.

The deadline for applications is Friday 25 May 2018. The Youth Ambassador programme will then begin in September 2018.