The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is leading the way in solving the staffing shortfall with a new Apprenticeship programme. The hospital is sponsoring eleven of its health care workers to progress to Nursing Associate Apprenticeships and is now filling the resulting vacancies with a cohort of Healthcare Apprentices.
The Healthcare Apprentices are being trained in partnership with SBC Training and will follow a fifteen month apprenticeship with a combination of day release and practical experience on the wards including: ECG Training, Blood Glucose Training, Physiological Observations and general care of a patient. This will give them a firm foundation on which to build a career in the NHS.
Allen Edwards from the hospital said “As Apprenticeship Lead at RJAH I am very proud that the Trust have invested in HCA Apprentices and are looking to develop a “grow your own” model. This initiative will give the apprentices the opportunity to develop a career in the NHS.”
Colin Thaw Managing Director at SBC Training said “We are delighted to be working with the hospital on this important initiative. The NHS is dear to all of us and it is great for us at SBC Training to be able to help to develop future nursing staff via the Apprenticeship route”.