The future supply of the health and care workforce has been identified as a critical issue for services, both locally and nationally. The sector in Derbyshire needs to not only support the existing workforce in progressing their careers but attract more people into all the many different roles available.

Nationally, the ‘We Are The NHS’ campaign is now in its fourth year, championing the extraordinary work of nurses, allied health professionals and healthcare support workers and hopefully inspiring a new cohort to consider a career in the health service and be part of the NHS’ future. The 2021 campaign focuses on the NHS providing career experiences like no other, highlighting that in the NHS you are able to live a thousand lives through patients from all walks of life. At the same time, there is a national effort to attract more people into the social care workforce with the ‘Every Day is Different’ campaign.

Locally, Joined Up Careers Derbyshire is involved in a huge range of initiatives aimed at creating more care capacity across the health and social care sector. 

Joined Up Careers Derbyshire brings together partner organisations to support the current and future health and social care workforce. The network is part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire, the Integrated Care System (ICS), helping individuals and teams work in new ways to meet the ever-changing needs of patients and the public.

Some of the ways in which Joined Up Careers Derbyshire is opening up entry routes into health and care are set out below:

Rotational apprenticeships

The innovative health and care rotational apprenticeship scheme aims to equip individuals with the care, clinical and interpersonal skills needed to provide high quality care and low-level medical intervention to vulnerable adults in Derbyshire. By experiencing five placements in different health and social care settings, apprentices gain a breadth of knowledge and skills to support the local population while also informing future career decisions. 

The first scheme was launched in 2018, a second cohort ran in 2020 and it is planned that a third apprenticeship scheme will run during 2022. It is one of only a few schemes in the country which brings together roles in the NHS, including the community and in hospitals, with social care including experience in care homes. As well as helping out in the workplace, apprentices on the scheme benefit from regular ongoing support and training.

Pathways to Health and Social Care

The Pathways to Health and Social Care project, backed by European Union funding, supports job-seekers in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire on their pathways into training or employment within the health and social care sector.

Working with a dedicated advisor, individuals are fully supported to explore the range of roles and free training available within the sector. The project is open to anyone unemployed and living within Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire, with an interest in training and working within health and social care. There is support available to help people with their job-hunting including CV help and guidance, application forms, interview preparation, training, and links with available job roles.

Step Into Work

Step Into Work (Derbyshire) is an employment support programme which aims to help prepare unemployed adults to obtain roles in health and social care following completion of a bespoke training programme. The programme is for people aged 19-plus who are in receipt of benefits or are disadvantaged within the labour market.

Step Into Work is overseen by Health Education England and is being delivered in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions. Opportunities are offered by partner employers of Joined Up Careers Derbyshire - Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, Derbyshire Community Health Services, Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Derbyshire County Council. 

The training programme incorporates training in pre-employment and vocational skills. Following the programme, successful participants have a choice to progress onto an opportunity with one of our partner employers. Step Into Work helps to fill vacancies in key work areas such as care workers, health care assistants, facilities and estates such as porters, administration and clerical, and catering.

Sector Based Work Academy

The Sector Based Work Academy offers people who are unemployed the chance to enter a career in health and social care. The programme is held in association with Derbyshire Adult Community Education Services and the Department for Work and Pensions. The course is for people who are unemployed actively seeking work and are interested in working in the adult health and social care sector. 

Working with schools and colleges

In recognition of the need to support and nurture students to make informed career choices, Joined Up Careers has developed a schools offer which includes bespoke packages of careers support delivered by experienced health and social care professionals.

Key activities are enrichment workshops – practical, interactive sessions that can complement the health and social care curriculum while embedding theoretical knowledge; mock interviews – preparing students interested in health and social care careers for the world of work by resembling a real job interview; and marketplace events – raising awareness of the variety of roles health and social care has to offer via an information stall, usually at a careers convention event.

NHS Cadets

Joined Up Careers Derbyshire has teamed up with NHS Cadets and St John Ambulance to deliver two paid work and volunteering programmes to local students. NHS Cadets aims to attract young people into careers in the healthcare system and develop their skills.

The NHS Cadets programme has two pathways aimed at different age groups – foundation for 14 to 16-year-olds and advanced for 16 to 18-year-olds. Two foundation programmes ran in 2021 and it is hoped that an advanced programme will run in early 2022.

Springpod work experience

Joined Up Careers Derbyshire is working in partnership with Springpod to revolutionise the health and social care work experience offer through the Future Talent, Future Heroes programme. Gaining work experience in health and social care can be challenging - places are limited and age restrictions can often apply, not to mention the extra challenges that come with Covid-19.

By providing interactive, innovative and completely virtual work experience programmes, students can gain insight into different health and social care careers from real people working in Derbyshire. Programmes include 10 hours of interactive content, including project work, assignments and professional workshops. 

Further information

For further information on all the recruitment and retention activities being carried out by Joined Up Careers Derbyshire, please contact: