North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust apprenticeship programme, which has been shortlisted for this year’s HSJ Awards workforce category, is designed to help them fill unqualified posts and since 2009 has provided a team who better understand their role and their culture, and has furthered their knowledge and skills to fulfil their role.
The scheme is a part of their wider staff development and career progression, providing a platform on which to learn, train and develop through their nursing bands. To date, all of their apprentices since 2009 have completed their initial training and either moved to nurse education or fulfilled the role of a Health Care Assistant in our clinical areas.
Since the introduction of the programme, the Trust has seen significant improvement in continuity of care and reduction in temporary staffing costs. Furthermore, to ensure that quality of patient care has been maintained and improved through the programme, robust audit tools were implemented along with the Trust’s monthly Patient Experience, Quality and Safety (PEQS) review, carried out by the Director of Nursing, Deputy Director of Nursing and Senior Clinical Nurses from all directorates.
Congratulations on being shortlisted and good luck at the Awards Ceremony.