A Derby school student has won the Joined Up Careers Derbyshire art competition set up to celebrate our health and social care heroes.

A large number of entries were received for the competition from children and young people across Derby and Derbyshire.

The winning entry was from 14-year-old Charlie-Macey Carson who submitted a stunning picture illustrating how the care sector has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The year nine pupil’s artwork (shown above) features a series of inter-connected images symbolising the amazing support provided by the NHS and social care and emphasises hope for a brighter future. The images include a doctor helping a young person, an older person having their shopping delivered by a kindly friend, and a person receiving care in hospital.

The competition was run by Joined Up Careers Derbyshire, a partnership of NHS, local authorities and the voluntary and community sector, which promotes recruitment and retention in the health and social care workforce.

Young artist Charlie-Macey said: “In this piece I tried to capture an essence of community, trust and compassion that surrounds our current situation… Towards the bottom of the page there’s a flower, the pink lotus. Not only does it symbolise strength, but it also shows that even in the worst conditions, we can still make it through.”

Susan Spray, programme lead for Joined Up Careers Derbyshire: “We set up the competition to recognise all our heroes in health and social care, working in hundreds of different job roles, who have been so magnificent in recent months tackling the Covid-19 pandemic that has affected all our lives. 

“We were delighted with the number and quality of the entries. There were so many superb pictures submitted and it was a very difficult decision choosing the winner. The panel were really impressed not only with the high quality of Charlie-Macey’s artwork but the thinking behind it which inspired the images.

“We’ll be looking to use the artwork over the next year to help promote the many wonderful careers that exist in the health and care sector. The panel would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit their beautiful pieces of art, they’ve already brought a big smile to our faces.”

As well as the winning artwork being used in a future careers campaign, Charlie-Macey won an Apple iPad. The competition was free to enter, aimed at children and young people aged between four and 16, and ran during July 2020.