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Bright Futures

The Bright Futures programme is currently in its 6th year within Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate and was developed to support young people with  learning difficulties and/or disabilities gain work related skills in a hospital environment.

From September 2010 to July 2016 the course has meant eleven people have moved into paid employment, nine have gone on to voluntary work and another three have started a Assisted Apprenticeship funded by Kent County Council.  This means that 64% of all students who completed the course have gone on to further work.  

Employment is a vital part of social inclusion and the benefits are much more than just financial.  Being in employment helps to build self-esteem, confidence and independence.

The Bright Futures programme here at EKHUFT, is based at the QEQM hospital and offers interns a chance to experience working within a large hospital environment in a variety of different roles. The fully experienced Job Coaches will be available to support you, for as long as necessary, to become an independent employee. 

You will also have your own Individual Learning Programme to ensure we find you the right form of employment and to help you gain new skills that will, hopefully, lead to paid employment.

Interns will be expected to work alongside mentors, in their day-to-day roles within the local hospital. Interns will undertake up to three different work placements within the hospital. 

To be eligible to take part you must;

  • Be aged between 18-24
  • Not be receiving JSA
  • Have a current Education Health Care Plan, or previously an LDA or SEN.

Please call 01843 605040 for more information or apply through

Why should you become an intern?

  • A fantastic opportunity to work in a real working environment.
  • Learn new skills and boost confidence
  • Tailored support offered by a Job Coach in the placement area
  • The opportunity to work in different areas within the hospital
  • The opportunity to progress into paid employment.

Working with partners from East Kent College and Kent Supported Employment, the project puts in place the support needed to ensure that QEQM based managers and interns have what they need for successful placements.

Find out more

If you would like to talk to someone about Bright Futures, please contact our team:

Julie Raman  07787 295378 -

Luke Witham 07469220395 -

John Cronin 07469220394 -


In 2011 EKHUFT & CESI conducted a mixed methods research project aimed at exploring the relationship between working with interns with learning disabilities and staff making reasonable adjustments in patient care. This practice development project supported staff to examine their preconceptions and consider the adjustments that interns may require to ensure that the intern they work with is able to achieve and work as independently as possible. It is clear from the results that staff believe the skills they have gained will be useful when they encounter patients with learning disabilities or cognitive impairments in the future.

Ref  Marsden, D (2013) How East Kent is making the NHS workforce more inclusive. Health Service Journal. Available online at www,

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Aaron's story

Aaron's story

Aaron joined the Trust as an intern on the Bright Futures programme at QEQM in 2010, where he did three 10 week placements over the space of an academic year. He worked as a Healthcare Assistant, a porter and was involved in administrative tasks in Pathology.

Read his story >

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