A wonderful welcome to the graduate scheme
27 Oct 2017
After gaining a place on the graduate scheme, I was really excited, yet a little bit nervous for my official ‘first day’ on the scheme. All of the trainees were invited to a welcome event and dinner at the Queens Hotel in Leeds (very posh!). Arriving bright and early off my train from Sheffield, I made my way to the hotel where some other nervous looking faces were waiting. We were each given a lanyard with our name on (didn’t think I would be so excited by my name on an official NHS lanyard) and tea and coffee while we waited for the event to start. We had done it. We had made it onto the grad scheme.
The day was a brilliant introduction to the scheme and a great way to meet other trainees from across all of the streams and from across the country! It was full of inspiring introductions and heartfelt personal stories from various speakers. It even included towers made out of spaghetti and jelly beans! In the evening we were treated to a three-course meal and had the opportunity to meet everyone in our area (the trainees are split by locality), I am in the Yorkshire and the Humber category which is one of the biggest and our team won the quiz (woo!).
The theme of resilience was important throughout the day, learning from mistakes and constantly moving forward. I am under no illusions that I will need to be resilient during my time on the graduate scheme to overcome the challenges the NHS is facing. The day reminded me of what an amazing opportunity I have been given by having a place on the graduate scheme and how lucky I am to be working within such a wonderful organisation.