Generation Medics' News
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At Generation Medics we believe that there are talented individuals in every community, but the circumstances people are born into still limit the opportunities they are able to access. We’re here to change this because we don’t think that’s right.
- We’re challenging perceptions of who “belongs” in healthcare and STEM industries
- We’re empowering women, BAME communities and underrepresented groups
- We’re challenging perceptions of what a business and a charity should look like
- We’re led by our beneficiaries and people with lived experience of the problems we’re solving
- We’re influencing policy, training and recruitment practices to make lasting change for future generations
Along the way we’ve made it into the news, you can read all about them below
Click the buttons to navigate through our achievements
Improving Social Mobility
Partnerships to Support the Digitally Excluded
At Generation Medics we’re keen to tackle digital exclusion as we see the effects of it on peoples lives everyday.
That’s why we have local partners like SECH and local FE colleges who provide digital skills training that we can signpost our beneficiaries to.
Alongside this, we’re delighted to announce that we have secured a partnership which means we’ll be able to ‘gift’ tech that has been donated for reuse to beneficiaries who need it!
Devices will be allocated to us on a first-come-first-served basis from our social enterprise partner and will transform the way that people can access services they need to move closer to the labour market, which will improve their health and help them to fulfil their potential.
New Programme for Adults in Southend
We secured funding from the UK Government’s Community Renewal Fund to launch, alongside our partners, an exciting programme for adult learners in Southend. Participants can access our Virtual Healthcare Academy and Immersive Work Experience Programme to learn more about what a career in healthcare could look like for them.
Supporting and Inspiring the Next Generation of BAME Talent
Our founder, Dr Hinnah Rafique was invited as a Keynote Speaker by ICL’s equality advisory group to Imperial College London’s inaugural ‘BAME Early Careers Conference in STEMM and Business’. Her talk was very well received, she shared her career journey, insights and experiences as a young British Asian Female Leader and gave advice to the audience of young professionals and students.
The event featured speakers from across the STEMM and business sectors recognising the achievements of scientists and professionals from different backgrounds within these evolving sectors. “This was an invaluable opportunity to champion diversity and inspire the next generation of graduates and professionals.” Dr Hinnah, Founder of Generation Medics.
Inspiring BAME Innovators
Celebrating Women in Tech
Awards for Our Strong Female Leaders
This year we won not one, but TWO awards for our team. Dr Rafique, the founder of Generation Medics has been listed in the female leaders list two years in a row. In 2019, Sarah our COO has also won an award for her strength in business development and championing social impact.
Combating Health Inequality
Influencing the NHS' role as 'Anchor'
We have supported hospitals, health and care organisations to develop and grow as ‘anchors’ for their local community. Our work has been showcased at the national level including feeding into the People Plan and the latest HALN blog being showcased as best practise. “While healthcare remains a fundamental pillar of its work, the NHS has, and must continue to, boldly expand its focus to address social determinants of health”
Winners! The Innovate Awards 2022
We have been announced as winners for the Innovate Awards 2022. Competing against 194 inspirational entries across 10 categories, Generation Medics and our partners have been recognised for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Population Health Through Innovation’.
This win follows our continuing collaborative project in Southend as part of the Anchoring Southend Initiative. We’ve partnered with organisations within the area to fulfil Southend’s 2050 vision and put the local community first.
The King’s Fund Spotlights Generation Medics at Health Inequalities Conference
As part of The King’s Fund’s Anchor Institutions Conference, our projects to tackle health inequalities and promote sustainability were featured alongside our partners from Mid and South Essex Hospitals and Essex County Council.
We’ve been working in Essex to connect Essex Anchor institutions with their local community, promoting social mobility, reducing health inequalities and creating a pipeline of talent for the local NHS. We were delighted that our pioneering work has been recognised and showcased to inspire other regions!
Pioneering Social Enterprise
Shortlisted for the Oscars of Healthcare!
We’ve been shortlisted for Workforce and Wellbeing Initiative of the Year at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2022. This award recognises our contribution to improving patient outcomes and staff wellbeing through our visionary Staff Volunteer and Outreach programme as Mid and South Essex Hospitals.
Our programmes work towards building a sustainable health and care workforce by promoting staff retention and building a future pipeline of local talent to become the next generation of healthcare professionals.
National Social Enterprise Spotlight
Generation Medics were invited to speak at Social Enterprise UK’s Futures Summit. Alongside Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Kate Bull (Royal British Legion Industries), Kate Evans (Graduate Planet CIC) and Cemal Ezal (Change Please CIC).
We discussed building a future for Social Enterprises in a world of greater work insecurity, low pay and automation. It was a brilliant opportunity to share everything we’ve achieved in 2020 and look towards the future.
Pioneering Innovation in the NHS
Celebrating Social Enterprises
Dr Rafique was invited to speak at the Social Enterprise Futures Summit 2020 to celebrate what the sector has achieved in the last year to keep going, keep open, and mitigate the worst impacts of Covid on people and society.
Keynote speakers also included former PM Gordon Brown, Steve Murrells, CEO of Co-op Group and Dr Myrian Sidibe, creator of ‘Global Handwashing Day’.
“Social enterprise is even more important now, as we prepare to confront momentous challenges ahead” – Gordon Brown.
Dr Rafique Appointed as the First Clinical Lead for NHS England’s Clinical Entrepreneur Programme
We’re delighted to announce that Dr Hinnah Rafique, founder and director of Generation Medics, has been appointed as the first Clinical Lead for NHS England’s Clinical Entrepreneur Programme.
Her role will see her support NHS clinicians from across the UK to scale and grow their Intrapreneurial and Social enterprise projects that are providing innovative medical solutions. Dr Hinnah is bringing her expertise as a clinician and social entrepreneur to the table to improve healthcare delivery, impacting on patient-care for millions of people.
Recognised as Global Changemakers
Valuable contributions during the first lockdown and beyond!
We are delighted to have been recognised on the Social Enterprise Futures Roll of Honour List 2020!
Our team has been recognised on the Social Enterprise Futures Roll of Honour List! We were nominated for Generation Medic’s efforts to benefit young people, communities in need and wider society during a very challenging time for the third sector.
Over 400 nominations were received and we are delighted to have made the cut alongside other remarkable social entrepreneurs who are thriving during unprecedented times.
We were delighted to be named the ‘Most Socially Minded Business’ at Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) Business Success Awards.
Top UK Social Enterprise
We have been listed for the second year in a row in the list of top UK social enterprises.
Supporting People into Employment
Hosting Internships for Another Cohort of Young People
This winter, we have again opened our doors and hosted young people and adults from all over the world. They have been helping us develop as an organisation and we’ve helped to enrich their professional development whilst helping them to reflect on their own skills and confidence in the workplace.
Supporting social housing tenants into sustainable employment
1 in 2 Aspiring Doctors Supported through Clearing in 2021 Secured University Places
Results day is never easy, especially throughout the past 18 months of the pandemic that led to U-turns, online learning and teacher predicted grades.
Despite this tumultuous period of time, we supported 1 in 2 of our students into medical school through UCAS Clearing this year.
We shared our expertise, contacts and experience of navigating and preparing for UCAS Clearing with our students, coaching them through the process.
We are delighted that 50% now have places on their dream courses at UK universities. For those who didn’t secure a place through Clearing, they now have a realistic action plan for their future and how to get to their dream career.
Immersive NHS Work Experience Opportunities Launched!
We know that securing work experience isn’t easy (even before Covid!) That’s why we’ve spent over 8 years campaigning to make placements fairer. As part of that work, we have been working for over 7 years on a virtual work experience platform and now it’s ready! We’re delighted to launch our immersive programme that is the first to be officially partnered with the NHS!
It’s designed to bring the hospital to your screens. Students enrolled onto the programme will gain a realistic understanding of how hospitals function; different departments, professions and the realities of working in the NHS. Students and professionals who have helped build and test the programme have said that in some ways it’s much better than in-person work experience.
You are able to go to places you might not have been able to get access to during your in-person work experience placement, you’re taken through a programme developed by educational professionals who understand how to increase learning, engagement and reflection. You can also hear from and connect with professionals when they’re not just rushing around and without feeling like you’re in the way!
Providing Recruitment Solutions
Major new initiative launched in Bradford to support local residents into roles in health and social care
Bradford Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust and Bradford Council have officially partnered with Generation Medics! We’re working with local partners including the NHS Trust that covers Bradford and Craven. They are one of the largest employers in the region. We’re supporting residents to explore, strive and succeed in careers in health, social care and life-sciences.
We have a number of programmes that we’ll be launching to support the next generation of Bradford healthcare professionals, including our groundbreaking Virtual Healthcare Academy, Structured NHS Virtual Work Experience and a whole lot more!
Hospital Trust launches major new initiative to help improve local career opportunities
Generation Medics have anchored in Essex! We’re working with local partners including the NHS Trust that covers Mid and South Essex Hospitals. They are one of the largest employers in the region, with 15k+ members of staff. We’re supporting local people to explore, strive and succeed in careers in health, care and life-sciences.
We have a number of programmes that we’re delivering to support the next generation of Essex healthcare professionals, including our groundbreaking Virtual Healthcare Academy, Structured NHS Virtual Work Experience, Mentoring and a whole lot more!
NHS People Plan
Recruiting for NHS Nightingale Hospitals
Providing Solutions to the Youth Unemployment Crisis
From the GMX Blog
How to Prepare for University
Dr Rafique shared her tips for Freshers with The Guardian. Her tips are based on her vast experience lecturing and supporting students at UK universities including the University of Oxford.