Health Service Focus

02.07.18

Inspiring campaign launched to champion the vital role of NHS apprentices

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Adrian Grove, business development director at Qube Learning, discusses the vital role of apprentices in the NHS, and what his organisation is doing to ensure that continues.

As the NHS 70th Anniversary celebrations shine light on the way the service has developed and the remarkable legacy to date, leading training provider Qube Learning has launched ‘Fit for the Future,’ a campaign to showcase the work of apprentices within NHS trusts across the country.

Fit for Future aims to raise awareness of the vital work apprentices do within the health service. The campaign will share individual learner success stories, as well as the views of NHS educationalists, about the need to train staff from entry-level to boardroom to meet their needs. Qube will also run a month-long recruitment drive, with a mystery prize being awarded to a randomly selected NHS apprentice signing between 15 June and the 16 July.

Qube is a national provider currently working with 14 NHS trusts across the country. They have staff who are technically proficient and understand how the NHS works from strategic planning and procurement, through to dedicated patient care. Qube listens to what the trust needs to achieve – whether their challenges relate to recruitment, retention, plugging skills gaps or responding to quality issues identified in audit – and help to deliver a tailored programme with these objectives at the core.

Ipswich Hospital is one of the trusts that the provider supports with a range of training programmes. Working alongside Qube, the hospital’s learning and development team identified how the apprenticeship levy could best support their management staff through a period of rapid change – including a merger. The parties worked together to create a tailored leadership and management programme which has now seen 40 sign ups. Qube was also delighted to play a part in helping the trust achieve its ambitious public-sector apprenticeship recruitment target – a rare achievement!

Shona Evans is currently studying for her Level 5 Operations and Departmental Management Apprenticeship at Ipswich Hospital. She was appointed as CT lead radiographer and had the relevant radiographer and teaching qualifications, but no formal leadership/managerial training. When Shona was given the chance to undertake the qualification, she was delighted to accept as she knew it could benefit both her and her team.

Shona is now six months into her apprenticeship and is already experiencing the positive impact of the qualification. She believes that one of her main achievements since starting is helping her team prioritise work and understanding different personality traits of team members, enabling her to adapt her approach and play to an individual’s strengths.

Although its been a learning curve for Shona to be studying again after 15 years, she’s looking forward to completing the qualification.

Mandi Syrett, clinical educator at Ipswich Hospital, said: “Partnering with Qube Learning has seen a promising effect on the hospital, staff are training through apprenticeships and progressing into management roles with drive and commitment to succeed. The benefits we have seen are substantial and we look forward to an encouraging future with Qube.”

Joe Crossley, CEO at Qube Learning, said: “The relationship we have developed with Ipswich Hospital has been inspiring; we have seen individuals strive to flourish and expand their skillset through our bespoke programme designed for the hospital. The results have been fruitful and the ‘Fit for the Future’ campaign will really highlight the work people are undertaking within the NHS, their journeys and the true strength that goes into their work.”

Procurement can be a maze and each NHS trust has a different approach. However, Qube is listed as an approved provider on both major NHS portals – London Procurement Partnership and North of England CPC – and can therefore demonstrate both value for money and strong, consistent performance.

If you are interested in finding out more about the positive opportunities an Apprenticeship can bring, speak with the experts at Qube Learning:

E: tellmemore@qube-learning.co.uk

T: 01235 833838 

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