Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) has always offered work experience for school and college age learners, but in addition, since March 2010 a staff volunteering programme has been in place, designed to help inspire young people and to open their eyes to the career opportunities in healthcare.This not only broadens their horizons but serves to nurture the next generation of NHS staff and gives existing staff the opportunity to mentor and support the learning of these young people, which can be a very rewarding experience.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Blackpool FT) has worked in collaboration with Lancaster University’s Centre for Training and Development (CETAD), to develop a robust, accredited learning programme for its ward managers, who in the current NHS landscape have had to undertake a range of managerial tasks as well as their normal clinical role.
Aintree University Hospital NHS Trust has developed an online student placement choose and book system, where students from all disciplines can select and book spoke placements. Placements are available for spokes (one to four weeks) and short visits (from a few hours up to five days). These opportunities supplement their main hub placements and lend themselves to broader learning experiences.
Health Education North West (HENW) has made significant investments in creating and developing several learning infrastructure network functions to ensure high quality support for learners.
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The North West has a very successful history and well developed networks for delivering high quality workplace-based education experiences through its educational networks which are the Practice Education Facilitators (PEFs), Work Based Education Facilitators (WBEFs), Placement Development Network and the Skills for Health Academy North West, the functions of which are briefly summarised below.
Three guides form the outputs from the prosthetists and Orthotists P&O) workforce and education project, commissioned by Health Education North West.
Health Education Englands Better Training Better Care programme and the General Medical Council have been working in partnership to deliver a number of projects around the value of the trainer in the NHS.We know that high quality training is essential for safe, high quality patient care.
The Student Quality Ambassador scheme involves students from all 4 fields of nursing, midwives, paramedics, allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and social workers.The Student Quality Ambassadors aim to;
The government launched the Health Visitor Implementation Plan (HVIP) to strengthen the role of health visitors between 2011 and 2015. The Department of Health awarded funding to develop and implement a Commissioner Led Peer Review (CLPR) of this HVIP which aimed to develop a North of England (NoE) wide pool of knowledge, with the completion of a gap analysis, to assure delivery of health visiting services.
The careers event was held to showcase career opportunities in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM subjects). The event provided an opportunity to showcase NHS careers in STEM subjects and in particular Apprenticeship opportunities that are being currently advertised in Pharmacy, Healthcare Science, the Ambulance service and Dental Nursing. Opportunities in all these disciplines will be advertised in the next few weeks and the majority of these Apprenticeships are planned to start September 2015.