East Cheshire NHS Trust was delighted to welcome 12 local students recently to their first ‘Work Experience Week’. The idea behind this opportunity was to enable a number of students into the Trust to meet with a wide variety of employees from a range of occupations, in order to give a broader view of the different careers within the NHS.
The week included hands-on activities such as blood taking, attending simulation and learning about the importance of hand washing. The students also had talks from colleagues in pharmacy, Theatres,, finance, ICU, the CCG, North West Ambulance Service, HR, Procurement, Library Services, Pain service, Respiratory service, Governance and Information. Both the Chief Executive and the Clinical Director for Planned Care at the Trust also took time out of their day to come for an informal chat. The students were introduced to the importance of the 6 C’s and values and behaviours and the week culminated in each student presenting on their preferred career choice.
One student commented: “I'd like to thank you and everyone else who took their time to talk to us and give us their perspective of their career and working within the NHS. It has most definitely broadened my opinion on the roles in the NHS and it has provided me with an insight of my potential future. I gathered an incredible amount of information from a lot of inspiring people and I would feel privileged to be a part of your team in the future.”.
It was the 5th December 2017. A cold wintery day, although no snow like we have now.
On that date Alison and I spent the day in corporate induction (not very exciting but has to be done) and then went off to meet our stakeholders.
Since then so much has happened. We have spoken to, connected with, supported hundreds of people: NHS professionals, schools, students and local authority.
I have learnt so much I would not know where to start from. One thing I learnt and that I will never forget in my whole life is that "There are over 350 different careers in the NHS and there is a role for everyone with the right skills and values. to edit."
Many of our stakeholders attended our Cheshire Career Hub conference back last month. They helped us shape our future.
It was such an emotional experience, seeing all those like minded people in the same room. All striving to offer better opportunities to all those who wish to pursue a career in health and care.
We have gone a long way since that 5th December, we know it but we would really appreciate it if you could let us have YOUR views so that we can spend a bit of time analysing, evaluating and learning so that we can get increasingly better at what we do.
So here's our Christmas wish: we would really appreciate it if you could provide us with some feedback on the Hub's work so far. We have prepared 5 simple questions https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PP9XLJP but would welcome any comments that would help us work towards the needs of our local area.
Many thanks and Happy New Year to all of you x
Mobilisation of the Community Hub Prototypes (Bollington Disley & Poynton BDP and Knutsford) is well underway with 8 work streams established to focus on:
- Whole systems approach to older people’s services
- Unified approach to the management of diabetes
- Medicines Management
- Dementia Pathway
- End of Life Care
- Service Directory & sign-posting
- Unified Knutsford Nursing Approach
- Community paramedic support to a residential care home
There are workforce impacts for each of these work streams – in particular around skills development, working across professional and organisational boundaries and role re-design.
The Working Longer Project Task & Finish Group is making good progress. Flexible retiree’s across the system have participated in focus groups and 1:1 interviews to share their experience of flexi-ble retirement which will help inform improvements –such as awareness raising and providing information and guidance for those considering their retirement options. Dates have been pub-lished for Career Transition Workshops and Train the Trainer Ses-sions and are being circulated widely across Partner organisations.
A Caring Together System Organisational Development Strategy is being developed and we are keen to engage with as many people as possible to help shape the strategy and the programmes of work to deliver it. Conversations are being set up across Partner organi-sations to provide the opportunity for people to contribute – if you would like to get involved please get in touch.
The work of the Career Hub is accelerating at pace and the team has made significant progress with engaging people to consider careers in health and care. it’s impossible to do justice to all th
The launch of the Health Ambassador project at the end of May has now seen over 60 colleagues across Cheshire offering to get involved with promoting careers in health and care. Staff from a wide variety of profes-sions have volunteered to be involved in a number of ways including sup-porting careers events, talking to small groups about their career and also mentoring potential new recruits. The Hub is planning on utilising the Health Ambassadors more widely in order to support events when the new academic term starts in September.
East Cheshire NHS Trust has recently hosted 3 interns in part-nership with Health Education England and Career Ready. Tom Coates from All Hallows Catholic College and Jake Wood and Tom Briers from Tytherington School have recently spent 4 weeks finding out more about the NHS and how large organisa-tions work. The students worked with various departments around the trust including procurement, finance, service plan-ning and radiology. At the end of the internship, all 3 students presented on their time with the trust, and it was clear to see that they had found it a very enlightening experience as they hadn’t considered how many different roles there were within the NHS. Tom Brier is now considering a career in radi-ography, something that he hadn’t really thought about before. This is the second year that the trust has host-ed interns, and once again, all of them were fantastic! Everyone involved has com-mented how they would love to see them employed at the trust in the future.
Was hosted at South Cheshire College in July, this 4 day event welcomed local school children aged 9 to 11 years old to attend a wide variety of sessions related to the world of work or further education. The Career Hub’s session included looking at the wide variety of NHS careers, encouraging the children to dress-up in different uniforms. The session also included partnership working with Tesco, who talked about healthy lunch boxes, the hidden sugars in foods and had a hands-on session making fruit kebabs. The British Heart Foundation also worked with us to provide the children with some vital information on basic CPR, which they were able to have a go at on manikins. The sessions were very well received with pupils and teachers alike, and it is hoped that this can be replicated in other areas within the Hub’s remit.
Fair Train Accreditation
Health Education England (North West) have agreed to fund interested trust’s in order for them to gain the Fair Train Work Experience Quality Standard. East Cheshire Trust is currently reviewing its work experience processes, so this is the perfect opportunity gain a recognised kite mark to demonstrate its com-mitment to offering quality placements. Further updates to follow once the self-assessment has been submitted.
Please contact Alison/Roberta/Elaine to find out more or see:
The Cheshire Career and Engagement Hub were delighted to have the opportunity to coordinate the Health Careers stand and to help inspire a large number of young people in the North West to consider the wealth of career opportunities offered by the NHS.
The Cheshire Hub were supported at the event by a wide range of staff from across the North West, including Sean Bradbury HEE (NW), Julie Davison, head of apprenticeships at Halton Hospital, the North West Ambulance Service, East Cheshire NHS Trust, and the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside Career Hubs.
The exhibition was attended by an estimated 10,000 young people and the Health Careers stand offered a fun, interactive and informative opportunity to gain hands on experience, one to one career guidance, and the chance to explore over 350 exciting and diverse careers including advice on work experience, volunteering and apprenticeships. This message was also reflected in two spotlight talks entitled ‘Building Careers in Health & Care’ which were conducted at the event by Alison Langley.
Sean Bradbury, Lead for Career Engagement for HEE (NW) praised the work of the North West Hubs stating “They have managed to portray the broad breadth and depth of careers and opportunities within Health, whilst remaining accessible and of relevance to the show's audience”