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'Get into Hospital Services Programme' Launched

'Get into Hospital Services Programme' Launched

Date of release: 10 August 2020

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is launching a programme to introduce people to the role of health care assistants.

The ‘Get into Hospital Services Programme’, which starts this week, is being run in conjunction with The Prince’s Trust, and available to anyone aged 18 to 30 currently not in education, training or employment.

Places have been offered to 11 people out of 30 who attended a virtual interview over Microsoft Teams. 

They will complete four, two-hour training sessions via Teams in one week and then have three months to complete 120 hours of volunteering. 

Training includes infection prevention, record keeping and data protection and patient-centred care to enable volunteers to make beds and help to wash, dress and feed patients. 

The sessions also enable participants to apply for jobs, plus interview preparation. 

Those on the scheme can continue volunteering if they don’t receive a job offer, but the aim of the scheme is to get people into paid employment. 

From April 2019 to the end of March 2020, the Trust ran three programmes offering 41 places. 

Sallie Johnson, NHS Futures Manager for the Trust, said: “I love running this programme; it is a privilege to see how the participants progress through the weeks. Watching them grow in confidence and continually add skills and knowledge to their employability bank is brilliant. It is also a great way for their buddies and supervisors to improve their mentoring skills.”

The Trust is hoping to run further programmes through the year and into next, depending on COVID-19 guidelines.


Notes to Editor:

  • For further information, please call Tim Nash on 07714 741097 or email tim.nash2@nhs.net

  • The programme, which started in July 2019, has been funded by the Government’s £20 million package to support 10,000 young people from all backgrounds to have a career in the NHS. This is matched by £7 million from the Prince’s Trust.

  • The three-year pre-employment scheme involves up to 150 NHS trusts in England and focuses on helping those who otherwise may not have the opportunity to gain this experience to overcome barriers and enter sustainable employment.

  • The courses do not affect people’s Jobseeker’s Allowance. The Prince’s Trust covers travel costs and can support with lunch and childcare costs. After the programme, a Prince’s Trust colleague or volunteer will mentor the volunteer for up to six months to help them plan their future.

  • As well as the NHS, the Prince’s Trust also offers opportunities in retail, hospitality, customer service, social care, construction and engineering and is working with other leading employers such as retailers TK Maxx, ASOS, Gap and Marks and Spencer, HSBC bank and courier firm DHL.


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