6th Form Shadowing Project

Medicine and the multidisciplinary team

The Friends of York Hospitals and York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust are proud to engage with the young people in our community to provide an experience of what a vocation in healthcare might be.

This programme is managed by a small team - Drs Paul Laboi, Owen Bebb, Sue Urwin and Stephanie Neale from FOYH and is supported by colleagues across the NHS Trust. Everyone involved gives their time willingly to encourage students from state schools to enter medical school. It gives a clearer understanding of the wide range of skills needed for a career in medicine and of the partnerships that exist in the multi-disciplinary team.

The programme each year caters for twelve 6th form students. In 2021 it will be delivered virtually because of the constraints of the Covid-19 pandemic. With the help of the selected students we intend to make videos of the sessions which will be made available to those applicants who were not able to join the programme.

Here is a video which explains the application process.

Please click here to see the leaflet which gives more detailed information, an extract of the 2020 programme and download the application form.

Hospital projects recently supported:

  • Support for staff and patients during the Coronavirus outbreak
  • We donated £20,000 in May 2020 for care boxes for staff and toiletry bags for patients to help during the Coronavirus outbreak. The boxes contain items requested by staff such as coffee, tea bags, squashes, pasta/noodles, porridge, cereal bars and toiletries. They were distributed throughout the hospital to all wards and departments and topped up over the following weeks.

    delivering a gift box to hospital staff Assembling gift bags for hospital staff

    Messages from grateful staff: “A huge thank you on behalf of all the Therapy staff for your lovely care packages received. They were much appreciated”.

    “Thank you, thank you, thank you to Friends of York Hospitals! We are very pleased with our care box and appreciate being thought about during this time”.

    300 toiletry bags for in-patients were also provided. They held a selection of care products for male or female patients. The bags were made and donated by a team of seamstresses in Scarborough.

  • Butterfly Appeal
  • £25,000 was donated to help to create a new maternity bereavement suite at York Hospital.


    6th form shadowing project at York hospital vinyl transfers for the children EEG assessment room

  • Vinyl transfers for children’s EEG assessment room
  • Ipads to support therapy for stroke patients
  • 315 Non-contact thermometers for Trust wide use
  • Specialist chairs for elderly patients with dementia
  • Specialist disabled toilet for the main entrance
  • Contribution to the renovation of the Emergency Department
  • Sleep packs for patients which include eye masks and ear plugs to reduce noise