Pledge supports the development of hospital staff
14 May 2016
Supporting and developing people to be the best they can be is part of a new initiative unions and management have pledged their support for at Southend University Hospital.
The hospital values its diverse healthcare support staff and has
just signed the local partnership pledge for Talent for Care to
demonstrate its commitment.
The Talent for Care pledge is part of a national strategic
framework that gives people opportunities to start their career in
a support role and to be the best they can be in the job they do
and provide opportunities for career progression, including into
Clinical support roles, such as health care assistants and
assistant practitioners, as well as technical roles such as
radiography assistants often provide direct care to patients under
the guidance and supervision of clinical staff.
There are also a large number of people employed in a broader
range of nonclinical support jobs whose roles are critical to the
success of the trust and who contribute to the efficient and
effective delivery of health care provision. These include
secretarial and administrative occupations, cleaning occupations,
maintenance workers and porters.
The pledge was signed by both Sue Hardy, chief executive, and
Linda Leake, Staffside chair, the collective body of all recognised
unions within the trust.
Linda said: "This will be a great opportunity for many people,
both young and mature, to gain skills and knowledge and to find
employment which will be meaningful and satisfying.
"For the trust and our workers it is an opportunity to 'grow our
own' in cases where we have problems with recruitment and to gain
workers who have chosen and been supported by Southend Hospital and
will feel a commitment to us and our values."
Sue added: "The trust is committed to recruiting and developing
its support workforce giving them new skills and competencies that
will equip them for the future and provide real opportunities for
those who wish to progress.
"We support the national strategic framework Talent for Care and
recognise partnership working between the trust, Health Education
England and trade unions as an essential component in ensuring that
the healthcare support workforce receives the investment and
development it needs. The signing of the Talent for Care
partnership pledge demonstrates the trust's commitment
The hospital has already delivered a number of its commitments
through work shadowing programmes with year 12 and 13 students in
local schools, recruiting apprentices as direct entrants and
apprenticeship opportunities for existing staff from both clinical
and non-clinical backgrounds in business administration, customer
service, adult health and social care, clinical healthcare and
If you are interested in finding out more about work shadowing
programmes with your school or apprenticeship opportunities please
email Eileen Gallagher at Apprenticeships@southend.nhs.uk.