The South-West Regional Health Authority welcomed five student volunteers from the Ministry of Health’s Student Volunteer Programme on July 22nd, 2019. These third-form students from the Tableland High School and St. Stephen’s Secondary School spent their first two-days at the SWRHA, touring the San Fernando General and Teaching Hospital Campus and participating in an Orientation Session at Level 3 Conference Room, San Fernando Teaching Hospital. The Orientation session, coordinated by the Human Resources, Training and Development Unit, featured presentations from various SWRHA departments and served to attune students to the various jobs and functions of the multidisciplinary teams at the South-West RHA. Based on the interests expressed by these students, they will spend two weeks at the Pharmacy, Paediatrics and Biomedical Departments working with staff.

The Ministry of Health's Student Volunteer Programme is intended for secondary school students from age fourteen (14) to eighteen (18) years old and was designed to encourage students to become a part of the health workforce. It aims to build human resources in the health sector by promoting the sector as a preferred industry for employment. Consequently, volunteers work together with staff members to fulfil the goals and objectives of the organisation in which they are placed.