Phoebe takes top honours as she aims for NHS career

Thirteen year-old who scoops prestigious awards wants to become a psychiatrist

Phoebe takes top honours as she aims for NHS career
11 May 2017

Phoebe takes top honours as she aims for NHS career

When Phoebe Lake leaves school she wants to become a psychiatrist.

And the 13-year-old got to meet Dr Caroline Meiser-Stedman, clinical psychiatrist at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, after taking part in a national NHS competition.

The 13-year-old has been named East of England winner of the Step Into The NHS competition, which is aimed at getting youngsters to consider a career in the National Health Service.

After hearing about the many different roles in healthcare, year 8 pupil Phoebe has decided on her future career and, as part of the competition, she created an advert to attract others to the role.

She was presented with her award by Dr Meiser-Stedman, from mental health and community care provider CPFT, along with Alvina Morey, widening participation officer at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, which is part of North West Anglia Healthcare Trust.

Phoebe, who won a £50 gift voucher and was presented with a certificate, said: “I enjoyed finding out about all the different jobs in the NHS, but the role of psychiatrist really appealed to me because it involves working with such a wide range of people.

“Helping people with their mental health is something that I am really interested in. I have many friends who sometimes need help and I think everyone deserves the chance to get that help.”

Simon Nance, lead for science engagement at Hinchingbrooke School, Huntingdon, said: “We allowed all of year 8 to participate in the competition. Phoebe’s work was amazing and we are delighted she has been named the regional winner – we are all very proud of her.”

Dr Meiser-Stedman runs CPFT’s First Response Service, which is available to people living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who are in mental health crisis. Anyone who phones the NHS 111 helpline and selects ‘option 2’ will be put through to member of the service for advice and support.

She said: “Phoebe did a great job and it was a pleasure to present her with her prize. I think it is really encouraging that young people like Phoebe are open to careers in mental health and also talking about mental health. That way we help reduce stigma around mental health issues.”

Pictured above is Phoebe Lake with (left to right) Alvina Morey from Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Dr Caroline Meiser-Stedman, from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, and teacher Simon Nance


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Media and Marketing Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 07893 340795


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
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