Trust scoops Skills for Business Award 2016
10 June 2016

Tameside Hospital, along with our partners at Tameside College scooped a prize at this year's 'Skills for Business Awards 2016' under the category of 'Public Sector'. You can learn more about the awards by following this link

About the scheme

Tameside Hospital is participating in a third year of the supported internship. The Supported Internship is an employment based course which gives students with learning disabilities/difficulties the opportunity to develop employability skills in a real work place surrounded by other working people.

A partnership approach ensures the internship is successful.  The partnership in this instance is between the Host Employer (Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust), the Education Provider (Tameside College), Tameside Council and Pure Innovations.

The Trust provides placements for up to 10 students.  The trainees attend their placements four days per week Monday to Thursday. 

 In total each trainee will complete three job rotations each for ten weeks working alongside colleagues and managers supported by their job coach. All of the time spent on the course will prepare trainees for future work. When the trainees are ready Pure Innovations will support trainees into paid jobs with ourselves or look to identify and apply for other jobs developing an employment pathway for each person.

 Placements have been provided in a variety of areas including:-

  • Assistant Ward Receptionist Elective Services
  • Housekeeper Surgical Unit
  • Nursing Auxiliary Outpatients Clinic
  • Secretary and Administration Support Children’s Outpatients
  • Catering Assistant
  • Children’s Outpatients Assistant
  • Kitchen Assistant
  • Patient Experience Assistant
  • Laundry Assistant
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Ward Receptionist Ward 40
  • Portering Assistant
  • Domestics Assistant

The initiative has been a huge success benefiting the Trust, our patients and our staff.

You can find out how we won the award by taking a look at these case studies below:

Kyle’s Story

In September 2013, Kyle joined Supported Employment Programme. Kyle was placed with MITIE. MITIE provide the contract for cleaning and portering for Tameside General Hospital. During his first placement, Kyle showed good judgement, initiative, and the ability to follow instructions, work well as part of a team, and follow safe working practices when working independently. During his second placement, MITIE were so impressed with his abilities and attitude to work, they helped develop Kyle’s skills. With some additional teaching, Kyle was able to complete the training required for the porter role.

In his role as a porter, Kyle transfers food from the kitchens with colleagues to the wards throughout the hospital. Kyle collects waste from around the hospital, ensuring different types of waste is transported correctly and disposed of safely. This level of responsibility means that Kyle is aware of the importance of adhering to health and safety policies. Throughout his role, Kyle has gained confidence and is now comfortable interacting with colleagues and patients whilst maintaining a high standard of customer service. The MITIE Portering Team has enjoyed seeing Kyle grow as a person and witness the effect that a real job placement with real outcomes can have.

MITIE offered Kyle paid work which started before the supported internship programme ended. At the end of the programme Kyle has continued in paid employment with MITIE.

Richard’s Story

In September 2013, Richard joined Supported Employment Programme. Richard gained work experience by completing 3 work placements. For his third and final work placement experience in 2014 Richard was placed with the Nursing Services Team as a Patient Experience Support Assistant. During his placement Richard learnt the skills required to complete the job role. He was required to visit designated wards areas to provide and collect Friends and Family comment cards from patients which meant finding his way independently around site. He had to identify patients scheduled for discharge and make judgements as whether it was appropriate to request they complete a questionnaire. Richard had to learn to use an I pad to record their comments and when back at the office he had to input the data into a database on the PC, additionally Richard learnt to laminate posters and keep notice boards updated. To achieve this aim Richard was supported in the classroom with his Maths and English, gained support from a Job Coach in carrying out tasks in the workplace and received training, supervision and support from his team. Throughout his placement Richards communication skills improved immensely through interaction with colleagues and patients and Richard worked hard to improve his reading, writing and basic maths. The team embraced Richard throughout and did not want to loose him. The Manager of the Nursing team saw the value of having Richard as part of the team and at the end of the placement offered Richard paid employment with the Trust.

 Thomas' Story

Thomas started on the Internship in September 2015, his first work placement was on Surgical Unit at Tameside hospital. Thomas was placed with members of the team who work in the housekeeping department. It became apparent that thanks to the excellent training/guidance by the team that Thomas was carrying out tasks independently and had excellent interaction with the patients and staff. Thomas carried out duties such as: serving drinks, changing beds, general cleaning, re stocking supplies, laundry and sanitising equipment. Thomas really excelled in all areas thanks to the dedication of the team on Surgical Unit. His second placement was on Ward 46 and only lasted three weeks as a opportunity came up at Active Tameside Ashton Leisure Centre. The placements at the hospital played a valuable part in getting Thomas “work ready”.

After a four week working interview, Thomas had a face to face interview which other candidates applied for and successfully was given the position of Facility Attendant.

Since the start of the Internship Thomas Health and Wellbeing has improved and he is now looking at using the facilities at Active Ashton to further improve his Health and Wellbeing.