Hospital trust wins award for promoting career education

A project to help clinical support workers progress in their careers at Southampton’s teaching hospitals has been recognised for its success.

Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust’s widening participation team has spent over ten years developing initiatives with clinical teams to help support staff learn new skills to enable them to take on more responsibilities in the workplace.

Many support staff working as healthcare, ward or medical assistants have now achieved level two or three National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and are moving onto foundation degrees, with the first group of staff recently completing their Open University pre-registration nurse training and now working as staff nurses.

In recognition of SUHT’s commitment to enhancing services by creating personal development opportunities, regional health authority NHS South Central presented the Developing Skills by Promoting Progression award at an event in Newbury.

Anita Esser, head of wider healthcare teams education, said: “We have worked hard to create career opportunities for staff in clinical support roles and this approach has provided registered staff in clinical areas the assurance and confidence to delegate work to appropriately trained and assessed support staff, as well as giving our support workers a flexible way to progress if and when they want to in their careers. We are delighted to have had our achievements in this area commended.”

Posted on Tuesday 13 July 2010