Over 100 apprentices given their chance to shine

Communications TeamNews

Hospitals in East Yorkshire have launched the healthcare careers of well over 100 apprentices in just over three years.

From those working with older people and those making sure patients get the right nutrition, right through to those working in pharmacy and caring for the bereaved, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has really thought beyond the traditional when it comes to developing new roles and new talent.

And the success of the Trust’s programme speaks for itself, with 93% of the 108 apprentices taken on by the Trust to date going on to gain employment or further study.

So what better time to put those healthcare workers of the future in the spotlight than National Apprenticeship Week (6 to 10 March 2017)? This national celebration is designed to promote apprenticeships as a fast track to a great career, and raise awareness of the benefits amongst employers and the wider community.

Beth Walker (20), a Student Healthcare Scientist from Cottingham, was one of the first clinical apprentices to be taken on by the Trust. She says:

“I always knew I wanted to work in healthcare, but I wasn’t really sure where or doing what. I didn’t want to go to university, so being a doctor was out, but I was keen to do an apprenticeship, so when I saw the advert for an apprenticeship in clinical physiology, I jumped at the chance.

“I finished my apprenticeship last summer, and I enjoyed it so much that I am now working towards a degree through a combination of workplace-based training and online study. After three years, I will qualify as a Clinical Physiologist; not something I would ever have thought about while I was still at college.

“I love the variety that working in the Department of Neurophysiology brings; every day is different, I’m helping different patients every day, and I work within a really supportive team.”

Debbie Elton, Education and Development Advisor for Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust says:

“We know that college or degree level study is not for everyone, so apprenticeships offer a great opportunity for local people to find an interest, develop a set of skills, and start to build a career around workplace based training.

“By helping local people to find their niche, whether that’s in direct patient care or in one of the support functions such as health sciences or estates which help to keep our services going, apprentices will play a vital part in helping us to deliver great patient care.

“Recruitment within the NHS is only going to get harder and more competitive in the coming years, so it’s also a great way of providing training and development opportunities for local people and of growing our own workforce for the future.

“From the outset, we have been keen to try and create roles which are that little bit different, so one of our first apprenticeships was in the mortuary, for example, and more recently, we also created what we believe to be the first Recreational Coordinator post in an acute hospital setting in the country. Without the help of those staff members who have acted as mentors and made it possible for apprentices to train and progress within our hospitals, none of this would be possible; their willingness to help us foster new talent has been exceptional.”

Debbie continues:

“We also work with a number of locally based education providers to ensure our apprentices are able to study towards relevant qualifications at the same time as gaining hands-on experience. More than 9 in every 10 apprentices we have helped to develop have gone on to employment or further training, which makes us really proud and, more importantly, it means jobs and prospects and great patient care.”

For the third year running, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has been more formally recognised for its work on apprenticeships by Health Education England through the NHS Yorkshire and Humber Talent for Care Awards. The 2017 awards ceremony will be held at Hull’s Guildhall on Friday 10th March to tie in with the City of Culture celebrations, and will see eight people from across Hull Royal infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital competing against their peers for awards. The Trust is also one of three NHS organisations vying to be named ‘Employer of the Year’.

The full list of award nominees is as follows:

Support Staff Learner Award
  • Christine Charlton, Clinical Imaging Support Worker, MRI Department
  • Beth Walker and Michael Duke, Student Healthcare Scientists, Neurophysiology
Rising Star Elaine Hua, Trainee Healthcare Scientist, Neurophysiology
Intermediate Non Clinical Apprentice of the Year Laura Marks, Recreational Coordinator, Department of Medical Elderly
Advanced Clinical Apprentice of the Year Samantha Hewitt, Healthcare Science Assistant Practitioner, GI Physiology
Advanced/Higher Non Clinical Apprentice of the Year Samantha Tranmer, Contracts Assistant, Finance Team
Intermediate Clinical Apprentice of the Year Charlotte Robinson, Apprentice Healthcare Scientist, Neurophysiology
Employer Award Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust