Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Workforce Innovation through Inspiration


The apprenticeship programme is used to grow the Trust’s own workforce, train effectively and ensure they have a highly skilled, motivated workforce offering outstanding patient care.

It is a cost effective way of growing the workforce and improves the ability to diversify. Because they develop and adapt apprenticeship roles to meet service needs, they invest in the future workforce through the use of different frameworks.

From 23 new apprentices in 2011/12, they now have 85 in 2014/15, representing over 1% of the total workforce. The recruitment target for new posts in 2015/16 is 100.

97% of apprentices go on to employment, 93% stay within the hospital. In the last three years, the Trust has produced workforce savings in excess of £1.4 million. They integrate apprentices into annual workforce planning activities and within business cases for new and developing services such as emergency medicine.

We offer a pre-apprenticeship programme for sixth form students, supporting them in education through formal work experience. We specifically target underachieving sixth forms to support the students to stay in education.

Some apprentices progress onto degree pathways such as nursing, midwifery, biomedical science, radiology and physiotherapy. Others take the higher apprenticeship route. All remain loyal to the hospital as they continue to work there while studying.

The success of this programme has been recognised by Health Education England who have granted funding to enable the Trust to lead a national roll-out, working in partnership with five other hospital trusts.

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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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