Created by Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS), the Social and Health Care Partnership Training Academy is a two-week training program to help newly appointed health support workers prepare for their role.
As part of the academy, new recruits have the opportunity to train in an immersive, industry-standard suite at Telford College, which includes a replica of a hospital ward, as well as a home setting to reflect the social care situations.
The first batch of 24 academy participants, all of whom have secured roles with Shropshire and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), have completed their program and applications are now open for the next cohort.
Caroline Bastow, Learner Manager for Further Education and Access at Telford College, said: “We have completely refurbished part of our campus to create a new industry-standard hospital suite to house the academy.
“There is a growing need for more health assistants to work in both hospitals and care homes, and this induction process will be transferable across multiple sites. By increasing the number of newcomers in the pipeline, it also provides career progression opportunities for existing healthcare assistants. »
The program – run in partnership with Marches Education Partnership, Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust and the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – provides the mandatory training that healthcare support workers must complete to successfully integrate and obtain their Care Certificate.
After completing the course, healthcare support workers are able to transfer their skills to a number of roles, including community and hospital settings.
Following the pilot program, which was led by SaTH, the academy will be expanded to also include social care roles.
Victoria Rankin, executive lead for people from Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS), said: “It takes a real combination of skills, compassion and, above all, dedication to be a care support worker. health; this academy program allows our new hires to structure their training so they can get the guidance and support they need, when they need it.
Alison Trumper, ICS Manager for Support Workers ‘Focus on Nursing and Healthcare’, said: ‘The skills lab at Telford College simulates a hospital and home environment providing a fantastic environment for them to learn and develop. develop closer to real life. adjustment as possible.
“Previous experience or qualifications are not essential – what is important is passion, dedication and drive, and we look forward to meeting our next cohort of new healthcare support workers.”
The academy program will run once a month, with applications for future registrations now open.