ROH Shortlisted For Apprenticeship Award
The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital has been shortlisted in the NHS Apprenticeship Recognition Awards 2016.
'The Stars of the Future' Awards, hosted by Health Education England, celebrates, recognises and rewards the exceptional contributions that apprentices and apprenticeship employers bring to our workplaces across the West Midlands. The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital has been shortlisted for an award in the category of 'Small Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (0 – 2,399 employees).'
The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital currently employs 44 apprentices, who comprise approximately 5% of our workforce. Apprentices are incredibly valuable to the Trust, so being recognised in the NHS Apprenticeship Recognition Awards is a big honour. The apprentice opportunities we offer include:
- Healthcare support (facilities, housekeeping and porters)
- Clinical healthcare support (healthcare assistants)
- Perioperative diploma (for staff in our theatres department)
- Pharmacy services
- Team leading
- Medical administration (AMSPAR)
- Therapy assistants
'Grow your own'
Apprenticships are a fantastic opportunity for our Trust to grow our own team members with the kinds of skills and values that we need. Our values of 'respect, compassion, excellence, pride, honesty, openness and innovation' are at the heart of what we do at the Hospital; our apprentices really reflect these values. They are all very motivated and driven which has had a positive impact on those staff they work with; those who manage apprentices have found it to be a positive learning experience themselves too.
Those who have been through the apprenticeship process have felt more valued, gained in confidence and added enthusiasm and energy to their work and the purpose of the organisation. New apprentices have started thinking about future careers here at the Trust or in the wider NHS. They have brought new ideas and knowledge with them and we have been able to reduce costs thanks to less turnover and need for recruitment.
In total, we plan to support a further 40 apprenticeships in the next 12 months.
Apprentice success stories
- Emily Harris, a healthcare assistant, did a clinical apprenticeship in 2010/11. She went on to an access to nursing qualification while working on the ROH Bank, and is now studying for a nursing degree, whereupon she plans to return to the hospital to work as a registered nurse.
- In 2010/11 Daniel Bayliss joined ROH to do an apprenticeship in business administration. He became a substantive employee in the IT team, where he continued his education and completed a foundation degree. He is currently an infrastructure engineer for the Trust and is studying for BSc (Hons) in IT, with an ambition to be an NHS Manager in five years time.
- Nikita Jeffries came to the ROH as an apprentice, and stayed to take on a post in the Patient Experience Team. There, she supports PALS and Complaints, as well as leading on the day to day function of the Freedom of Information process for the Trust.
- Sarah Rich came to ROH as an apprentice and now leads on administration for the physiotherapy department.
- Adam Reynolds came to the ROH as an apprentice, and he now has a CIPD qualification and remains in the NHS, working in Walsall.