How much can you learn in 8 months?
What a journey this has been! The Steps to Success project has been a fantastic opportunity for so many.
We have successfully demonstrated that working collaboratively across the NHS is effective and fun way of engaging with the future workforce. Seeing many partners from different organisations working together to bring mental wellbeing awareness and career aspirations to over 2000 under represented young people in Cheshire and Merseyside in 8 months.
It's been an exciting journey for me too, managing my first large scale project, learning from my mistakes and coming away with so much more.
The list of partners to thank is so long I apologise if I am missing someone.
Chris Bayes for coming to the Cheshire Career and Engagement Hub with the initial idea.
Si Price at Higher Horizons+ for his patience and support mentoring me throughout the project.
"On behalf of myself and the team, can I thank you most sincerely by return for the time and effort you put into making this project the success that it is. It’s been a pleasure and an honour to work with your good self and the rest of the Careers Hub team and I very much hope that we can establish plans for future provision."
John Corish Yvonne McCreath and Anthony Murphy at Shaping Futures for helping me keep regular track of my progress.
Bronwyn Barrow for allowing me to write the bid and Traci Whitfield for guiding me through the process.
All the NHS colleagues, NHS health ambassadors, Shaping Futures and Higher Horizons+ teams, external delivery partners such as Active Cheshire and DWP employability team.
"thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my story in the hope I can inspire new generations." Cristina Diaz Cid Robbie, Practice Educator Intensive Care and Health Careers Ambassador
And of course the schools who have trusted us and believed in us wanting to make a difference for young people.
I think we all agree on the principle that if the mind is in good health, we can achieve anything.
When applying for jobs in the NHS it is vital that you do your research beforehand and you know about the organisation. The 6Cs form the foundations for how the NHS is run and how all the staff behave whilst working and representing the organisation. It is important that these are considered throughout your application process so you can demonstrate that you are well suited to the role.
Your 6Cs Checklist
Please ask yourself the following questions:
How am I contributing to our NHS core business of delivering care, so that our organisation contributes to value outcomes for all we care for?
How do I ensure my relationships with patients, their carers and my colleagues are based upon empathy, respect and dignity at all times?
How do I ensure I have the required knowledge and expertise in order to fulfil my role, and do I keep my skills updated? Do I ask for help and support to improve my competence when I do not feel confident to perform my role or an individual task?
How am I making sure I listen to the views of patients, their carers and my colleagues and do I take action when I should? Do I effectively communicate to ensure caring relationships and effective team work?
How do I always do the right thing for the people we care for, their carers and my colleagues? Do I have the personal strength to speak out and raise concerns when required, and the vision to innovate and embrace new improved ways of working?
How am I committed today and every day to face current and future challenges, to always look at ways to continually improve the care and experience of our patients, their carers and my colleagues?
Tom Coates - Career Hub Apprentice