The UK Government Has Extended Our Adult Routes into Health and Social Care Careers Programme
We are delighted to be able to continue supporting Southenders, this time by extending our existing programmes to support adults into work.
This programme is being funded by the UK Community Renewal Fund. Which the government has invested to support and empower places to explore how best to tackle local challenges, supporting communities and places, or providing employment support – to build communities where people want to live, work and visit.
Our Adult programme in Southend is working towards building a sustainable health and social care workforce by supporting people to explore and enter health and social care roles.
Our programmes build a future pipeline of local talent to become the next generation of healthcare professionals and improve staff retention.
Our work also improves social mobility whilst reducing health inequalities and ultimately improving patient care because we’re developing a healthcare workforce that better represents the society it serves.
💥ANNOUNCEMENT💥— Generation Medics (@GenMedX) January 18, 2022
In partnership with @SouthendCouncil @MSEHospitals we've secured £400k+ from #UKCommunityRenewalFund🎉🥳
allowing us to extend our programmes in #Southend to support Adults into #careers in #Health #SocialCare + #LifeSciences 🤩https://t.co/BNjeKbGDOh pic.twitter.com/oUJvsoPLjg
Our programme has been coordinated by Generation Medics Founder and Director, Dr Hinnah Rafique alongside the core team:
“For the last five years Generation Medics has worked in partnership to bridge the gap between the NHS and Southend schools, colleges and the universities inspiring the next generation of healthcare professionals.
We’re delighted to be able to extend this work through this partnership which will allow us to focus on supporting adults in the local community to develop transferable skills and explore potential careers in healthcare
Our programme is building a pipeline of talent for the local hospital and wider healthcare system which is so important given the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and wider factors on NHS and healthcare staffing.”
The primary focus of this funded pilot partnership programme will be encouraging unemployed or economically active people living in the most deprived wards in Southend towards work at either Southend Hospital or Southend’s broader health and care sector.
We’re working to meet specific local priorities identified through local consultations, including:
- Increasing an adequate supply of appropriately skilled labour. Meeting current and future requirements for local employers and communities to flourish.
- Improve the availability of work experience placements.
- Increasing the skills attainment and wages of the lowest earners, to improve Southend’s local economy.
- Promoting an inclusive and diverse workforce to help build a healthy, sustainable community and reduce economic disparities.
- Supporting growth in the number of jobs available in relation to population size to maximise local wealth.
- Supporting recruitment into key local growth industries including human health and social care, which were identified as growing local industries with significant future labour demand.
Clare Panniker, CEO of MSE NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“As a local hospital, with most of our staff living locally, we know that the success of Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is dependent on our communities being well supported, resilient and vibrant places where people can thrive for the long-term. That is why being serious about the role of our Trust as an Anchor Institution is so important.
We really welcome this funding which will help so many in Southend and accelerate what we can achieve through our partnership.”
From there, we gathered momentum, visiting schools and colleges to share our experiences and tips about this demanding yet rewarding career path.
Alongside this, we lobbied and championed widening access at the university and employer level. We have co-produced our programmes with the support of the people we support, they identified a need for unbiased up-to-date information to be made accessible to people from all backgrounds.
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