You’re hired! Joined Up Careers Derbyshire has established a ground-breaking apprenticeship scheme.

Partner organisations from across the NHS and local government are running a ground-breaking apprenticeship scheme, giving people an exciting insight into the world of health and social care.

The first 15-month apprenticeship scheme was launched in 2018 with apprentices concluding their involvement in early 2020. The positions were hosted by Derbyshire County Council and University Hospitals of Derby and Burton. It is one of the first times in the country that an apprenticeship scheme has been run linking together health and social care, offering such a wide variety of workplace experiences and care opportunities.

“The integrated health and social care apprenticeship is an innovative programme that enables apprentices to develop a wide range of skills that can be utilised across the sector, whilst also giving them the opportunity to experience a wide range of  services. The apprenticeship has also been a fantastic opportunity for providers across Derbyshire and Derby City to work collaboratively, to share best practice and to increase the quality and efficiency of the system as a whole.” Lauren Adkin, Wider Workforce Co-ordinator, Derbyshire Community Health Services and Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Recruitment underway for second cohort of health and social care apprentices

A new scheme is seeking to recruit apprentices into health and social care, offering them a wide variety of workplace experiences and care opportunities.

The apprenticeship scheme is being run by Joined Up Careers Derbyshire, a partnership group which brings together local organisations, including the NHS and local councils, to support the current and future health and social care workforce.

Twenty places are available on the scheme which is due to start in September 2020. The successful candidates will get to work in a variety of different placements from care homes  to community health facilities and hospitals, as well as benefitting from regular support and training.

It is the second time that Joined Up Careers Derbyshire have run the scheme with the first set of health and social care apprentices completing their apprenticeships in early 2020. YouTube has a video of two of the first successful apprentices talking about their experiences.

The apprenticeship scheme lasts 16 months and will see individuals gaining experience in physical health and mental health settings. A two-week induction will set the scene for the apprentices before they begin their various placements.

The programme is designed for individuals (aged 16-plus) with limited or no experience of working in health and social care – whether this would be students, jobseekers or those fancying a change of career.  The programme aims to be inclusive of individuals from any background.

Susan Spray, Joined Up Careers Derbyshire programme lead, said: “We’re looking for candidates with the right attitudes, values and behaviours – so a passion for people and care, and a drive to make a positive difference to vulnerable adults in Derbyshire.

“This programme is a great opportunity for individuals who want to work within the sector, but don’t know which specific career pathway is right for them – apprentices are exposed to a wide variety of roles, services and organisations.”

Apprentices will complete a level two diploma in adult care, as well as the care certificate. Regular training sessions will be held, both virtually and via taught classroom sessions. Apprentices will be required to travel to and work from different venues across Derbyshire.

Applications online via Derbyshire Community Health Services. Closing date for applications is July 16.

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To find out more information, please contact Abi Ingram (apprentice co-ordinator) on 07768 145639 and email abigail.ingram@nhs.net

Reporting on the success of our first apprentices

Joined Up Careers Derbyshire commissioned an external company to evaluate the first cohort of our integrated health and social care apprentices.

The report commented: "The scheme aims to raise the profile of careers within the sector and to secure a workforce of an adequate size and with the required skills needed to meet current and future health and social care needs, particularly in social care... Many of the intended outcomes and impacts of the scheme were ambitious, large-scale and longer-term... 

"The scheme made a number of key achievements over the pilot period, providing evidence of the commitment of local health and social care organisations to work together to develop and implement the scheme. For example, delivery partners were engaged to recruit and employ apprentices, deliver training and host placements and they signed up to joint working protocols."

The full report, produced by Cordis Bright, is available here.