Central Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – Implementing apprenticeships at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Central Manchester University Hospital Foundation Trust (CMFT) has been at the forefront of delivering entry-level qualifications to the healthcare workforce for over 15 years. The Trust is committed to recruiting and developing the support workforce, providing them with new skills and competencies that will equip them for the future.

The apprenticeship programme, made up of over 200 learners, forms a key component of the education and workforce development strategy. Most of the trainees are nursing and midwifery assistants all of differing backgrounds, experiences and ages.

All the learners:

  • are provided with one-to-one support;
  • are allocated an assessor who will provide practical support within the work place;
  • must attend educational workshops;
  • are released two days a month from clinical work to receive theoretical training; and,
  • receive support with literacy and numeracy.

The apprenticeship framework is beneficial as new workers are provided with the necessary and relevant training required to meet the needs of the job role. The employer and the learner are supported throughout the life of the programme both on and off the job. New employees are given the opportunity to earn while they learn.

In addition to healthcare support, there are programmes in business administration, healthcare sciences and pharmacy across the seven hospitals, community services and GP practices.

The organisation and local community have benefitted from the apprenticeship as there has been improved retention and productivity, a committed and competent local workforce and the needs of the local Manchester community have been met.

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NHS Professionals administrator

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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