The idea for CUREate started with one key question: who do we need to encourage to consider health that we are not encouraging already? Health is entering a time of transformation – long-standing boundaries that determine who delivers care and where it is delivered are starting to blur, with a focus shifting away from place and towards people. Healthcare will change, and it needs people who can conceptualise and embrace new ways of working.
Creative people possess the capabilities to meet the challenges inherent in change, but health careers outreach tends to focus on people working towards or possessing qualifications in science. This reflects an academically demanding curriculum that includes modules in the sciences and prepares students to engage with research and evidence-based practice. It’s logical to build clinical skills on top of a foundation of clinical knowledge, and decisions should always be informed by evidence.