WATCCH – Widening Participation Opportunity

Are you a medical student interested in mentoring a year 12 student who wants to pursue a career in healthcare? 

Widening Access to Careers in Community Healthcare (WATCCH) is a widening participation initiative aimed at Year 12 students from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in a career in healthcare.  

The programme consists of a work experience element, workshops and a mentoring programme, where WATCCH participants are linked with a student mentor to support them with the application process. 

Benefit to student mentors: 

  • Opportunity to share your enthusiasm for healthcare with young people! 
  • Opportunity to mentor year 12 pupils from WP backgrounds who may not have access to support to help them apply for university or prepare for university life 
  • Opportunity to develop your coaching and mentorship skills – training will be provided 
  • We will provide a £25 voucher to thank you for your contribution at the end of the programme. We will also provide a certificate confirming participation in the programme.  

Time commitment: 

  • July 2021 – initial session for mentors; coaching and safeguarding training (this session is mandatory to volunteer as a mentor) Approx. 2-3 hours 
  • Aug -Feb – Participation in workshops for WATCCH students. One workshop per month.  
  • Aug-June – Supporting a mentee via an online mentoring platform. We use Brightside, a platform which allows mentees to reach out directly to mentors for advice online. All messaging via Brightside is monitored for safeguarding purposes. 

If you would like to apply or learn more please contact the WATCCH team: watcch@imperial.ac.uk 

Or see the website for more details: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/school-public-health/primary-care-and-public-health/teaching/widening-access-to-careers-in-community-healthcare/