Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted in the HSJ Awards


The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest acute hospital in Norfolk, employing over 6,500 staff, has been shortlisted in this year’s HSJ Awards workforce category. They offer a variety of impressive apprenticeship frameworks across clinical and non-clinical roles from Levels 2 to 5 leading to the Trust being shortlisted for the HSJ Awards workforce category.

Apprenticeships represent an innovative process to support transformational succession planning and they are a cost effective way for the trust to ‘grow their own’ highly trained workforce. Creating new roles enables diversification of skills and the ability to meet increasing service demands in a new and structured way. The average workforce age at the Trust is now 42 years, down from 43.5 in 2012.

The apprenticeship frameworks have improved productivity because staff have a broader understanding of their roles, which has led to an increase in engagement and service improvements as staff look at different ways of working. Managers are actively converting posts to apprenticeships because they have seen the quality of training provided. They want to appoint trained and experienced members of staff, which has resulted in 93% of apprentices moving into employment; 87% within the Trust, 6% within the public sector locally. This compares to a national average employment rate of 83%. The Trust also won The Training Journal ‘Best Apprenticeship Programme’ in November 2013.

Congratulations on being shortlisted and good luck at the Awards Ceremony.

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NHS Professionals manages the temporary staffing needs of around 66 NHS Trusts across England. An integral part of the NHS, it aims to reduce Trusts’ spending on flexible workers without compromising quality, by providing greater transparency of demand and supplying bank staff at the best possible rate. Its bank of more than 40,000 flexible workers comprises general and specialist nurses, doctors, midwives, admin/clerical , allied health professionals, healthcare scientists, support services among other healthcare professionals.

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