Wendy Barker – Head of Education, Learning & Development, East Cheshire NHS Trust
I have worked at East Cheshire NHS Trust now for nearly 10 years having worked in the private sector previously for 20 years. The first thing that struck me when I joined the trust was how proud staff are of working for the NHS and how many of them would not consider working anywhere else! Staff were so passionate about the NHS as an employer and healthcare provider at the heart of their local community. I also realised very quickly how little I knew about career opportunities in the NHS and the importance of supporting services in helping clinical staff deliver the best care and experience for patients. We can all make a real difference to the lives of patients.
I work in education and help others to achieve their goals through training, development and career pathways. It is a very broad role and can range from helping staff to develop into new roles or to specialise in a particular field. It also includes providing opportunities for young people and people not currently in employment to gain some employability skills and find about more about working in health and care. We see many student and learners (including apprentices) working across multiple services and part of my role is to ensure that their placements are high quality and that staff working with them are appropriately trained. It is immensely satisfying and rewarding to see others grow and achieve their goals.
The Career & Engagement Hub play a vital role in helping to attract new blood into the NHS and the ongoing agenda to develop an open and inclusive culture where we value diversity and provide access to employment and work experience opportunities for all. They are at the heart of developing our workforce of the future.
Key skills and knowledge – I am a scientist by training with a Masters Degree in Research. I have managed teams and services in many areas in both the public and private sector. In my current role, I lead on apprenticeships, medical and non-medical student placements, training for educators and supervisors and funding streams for education. I bring to the project strategic direction, a network of contacts within and outside of the trust and a practical approach focussed on delivering our objectives.
Elaine Bradbury – Workforce Development Advisor and Career & Engagement Hub Lead for East Cheshire I have worked for the NHS for over 20 years, primarily in Education & Training and am responsible for supporting the recruitment of apprentices to the Trust and also for advising current staff on developmental opportunities. I currently mentor local students via the Career Ready programme and am keen to encourage young people to explore the wide variety of roles within the NHS. I have also taken part in various activities aimed at younger children including Primary College and Healthy Hearts. Key Skills & Knowledge – I have worked in vocational learning for many years, supporting staff in bands 1 to 4 in order to develop their skills. I am an excellent communicator and also use my mentoring skills to encourage people to consider different options when developing their career. The skills I will bring to the project are – enthusiasm, organisation and communication.
Alison Langley - Career & Engagement Hub Coordinator I have a good knowledge of both health and education upon which to draw. I am privileged to be in my 33rd year of working in the NHS both in clinical and non-clinical roles, and have also volunteered in local primary and secondary schools for 11 years in various roles from classroom helper to parent governor. I am a Coach and Mentor and passionate about promoting careers in health and care and helping people to learn, explore and achieve their personal goals. Key skills & knowledge - A qualified Nurse, Midwife and Neonatal Nurse, I also gained a certificate in teaching and assessing in clinical practice. I have 8 years experience of engaging with local schools and colleges at career focused events and also as a work experience coordinator. In addition, I have 5 years experience of e-mentoring young people for a national charity, and 11 years experience of creating and producing newsletters and resources to promote work life balance and staff benefits. I have also been involved in the coordination of many projects such as setting up carers groups, Job Centre engagement groups and work experience focus groups. The skills I will bring to the project are - passion, creativity and experience.
Roberta Pomponio - Career & Engagement Hub Coordinator Prior to joining the NHS in December 2017, I have worked in education for 13 years with academic and team leading roles. In my free time I volunteer with a local sports club as a juniors coordinator and I am the owner of a therapy dog. I value the importance of promoting careers in health and care and helping people to learn, as well as highlighting personal wellbeing across all ages and cultures.
My geographical patch includes Cheshire West, Wirral and Halton local authorities. My NHS Tusts are: Countess of Chester NHS Trust, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust, Warrington and Halton NHS Trust, Wirral Univeristy Teaching NHS trust, Wirral Community NHS Trust and North West Borough NHS Trust, I lead on the Steps to Success collaborative project and the interactive career frameworks across the whole Hub's patch.
Key skills & knowledge - A qualified teacher, coach, mentor and trainer, I have a deep understanding of the British education system, including apprenticeships. I support NHS employers with their engagement needs. The skills I will bring to the project are - creativity, professionalism, organisation and evaluation.
Bronwyn Barrow – Deputy Director of OD & Learning East Cheshire NHS Trust /Cheshire Career Hub Programme Lead
Bronwyn has now left the Trust to take up a role as Head of Organisational Development at NHS Improvement.
We wish Bronwyn every success after being such as inspirational leader and mentor for the Hub during the first year of its existance.
Sue Hough – Integrated Workforce Administrator
Sue has now left the Trust and is enjoying retirement in Leicestershire.
We will miss Sue's organization and calm but we are excited to be welcoming a new apprentice soon, Tom Coates, who had previously spent some time with the teams as an intern.