Leeds Teaching Hospitals – NHS Trust

“The close relationship and positive communication channels have led to a shared vision of the Leeds values, behaviours and attitudes that together have provided the basis for high quality patient care”

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) provides healthcare services through its St James Hospital, Leeds General Infirmary and Chapel Allerton Hospital.

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We have run an apprenticeship programme in partnership with LTHT since 2013, and in that time over 450 apprentices have been recruited and commenced employment across the Trust. The majority of these apprentices have moved into other roles within the Trust or on to higher training and professional qualifications. Traditionally apprentices have been recruited into Clinical roles, but more recently apprentices we’ve extended the programme to include administrative vacancies.

We have created a bespoke delivery model for LTHT who aim to recruit 20 apprentices into Clinical Support roles each month. A ‘Learner Journey’ maps out how the programme looks for clinical apprentices, from a 3 week induction to details about what their 12 month apprenticeship will look like – including dedicated study days.

We expect to see significant future growth in apprenticeship numbers within LTHT, with increases in the number of Clinical apprentices per month. We are continuing to work closely with the Trust to understand other areas that would benefit from apprenticeship delivery including IT, Management and Recruitment.

In 2015 the LTHT / learndirect partnership was awarded Highly Commended for ‘Partnership of the Year’ at the Talent for Care awards. The partnership continues to go from strength to strength and the successful Apprenticeship programme at LTHT contributed to them winning the national Employer of Year award at the 2016 Festival of learning. Find out why here.

Sue Davidson, Support Staff Development Manager, at the Trust said:

“In 2013 Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust entered into a new training partnership with learndirect. Since then we have experienced a very close working relationship – even down to shared office provision within St James’s Hospital. This close relationship and positive communication channels have led to a shared vision of the Leeds values, behaviours and attitudes that together have provided the basis for high quality patient care”

“The partnership with learndirect and the more efficient use of resources has allowed us to increase the number of apprentices joining the programme each year, and this puts us in a much better position to meet workforce demands.”

Someone who has benefited directly from the partnership is Clinical Apprentice, Louise Arnett:

“When I decided to apply for the Clinical Support Worker Apprenticeship I was unaware it would make such a positive impact on me and my working life.

“I always assumed that apprenticeships were for young school leavers starting out in their careers but the support and skills I have gained would make me recommend the apprenticeship to anyone wanting to progress in a healthcare career.

“This apprenticeship has made me a more confident part of the team and made me realise my potential for working in the healthcare profession. ”

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