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Healthcare Work Experience Programme Recognised for Positive Employment Outcomes

Healthcare Work Experience Programme Recognised for Positive Employment Outcomes

 Date of release: 1 July 2021

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The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s ‘NHS Futures’ team has been placed at the top of The Prince’s Trust national leaderboard for ‘positive employment outcomes' this month. 

NHS Futures @ RWT aims at providing local people, whatever their age or circumstance, the opportunity to discover and explore the multitude and diversity of roles within the NHS.  

Based at Heath Park School in Wolverhampton, they recognise there are high numbers of young unemployed people in the city alongside difficulties in recruiting into some roles within the NHS and therefore offers work experience opportunities in a healthcare setting. Here they provide an introduction to the world of work, including working conditions and attendance management. The service has been running over 10 years. 

The need for this work was further highlighted in 2019 when the Health and Social Care Secretary announced £20 million funding to The Prince’s Trust to support young people to get a career in the NHS. This was part of a four-year contract headed by Health Education England. The Prince’s Trust – a youth charity that helps young people (aged 11 to 30) get into jobs, education and training – committed to raising a further £7 million from the private sector to fund the project in full.

NHS Futures @ RWT had already been working with the charity since 2014, but for this month, as part of the contract, the Trust has been recognised as the best performing employer out of all the associated organisations within the West Midlands, central and national contract areas. 

This has been achieved through offering the ‘Get Into Hospital Services’ programme – a four-week programme delivered in partnership with the Prince’s Trust that offers 18-30-year-olds who are unemployed, or under-employed, the opportunity to step into an NHS career. Three programmes are held each year with groups of approximately 12 people in attendance each time.

Throughout a period of four weeks, training sessions are undertaken on topics including communication, health and safety, patient handling, writing an NHS application as well how to prepare for an interview, alongside participants gaining hands-on work experience being a healthcare assistant, caterer, ward clerk, a porter, a lab assistant or a health records clerk (to name a few roles) within a hospital setting. 

During the programme, participants also benefit from one-to-one support from a Prince’s Trust executive to help them think about what they’d like to do after the course finishes. 

The courses were taken online during the COVID-19 pandemic, however the Trust is pleased to be able to offer face-to-face sessions once more with the appropriate safety / social distancing measures in place. The Trust has just finished its 19th programme.

Since 2019, the programme has helped 55 young people gain permanent or Bank employment within the Trust. On top of this a further eight young people have gained employment outside of the Trust or returned to further education following completion of the programme. An average of 81 per cent of people who participated in programmes since August 2019 said they would recommend the experience to others.

Sallie Johnson, NHS Futures Manager, said: “We meet people on this course from a variety of backgrounds – it’s not just people from vulnerable circumstances, some have degrees and have struggled to get on the employment ladder, but whatever their situation, it’s a real privilege to help them kickstart a career in healthcare and to see them grow in confidence and develop their skills. 

“It’s great to be a part of that journey and this is certainly a fantastic achievement for the team and the local area.”

If you would be interested in signing up to the programme, or know someone who may benefit from it, please contact the team on rwh-tr.nhsfutures@nhs.net or see a list of upcoming Prince’s Trust programmes on their Eventbrite page.

Find out more about NHS Futures @ RWT by visiting our Work Experience pages.

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