• Run by Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, working with education partners across the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw/North Nottinghamshire region.
  • Aiming to widen participation of young people from the Bassetlaw communities to ensure the Trust has a pipeline for future growth, which will in turn have a positive socio-economic impact and health benefits.
  • Will develop and agree plans for the introduction of a Foundation School in Health at Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire.
  • Will run from April to December 2022.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest employers in the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw area and is ideally placed to enhance social mobility and make a difference for young people and their families.

Changing demographics nationally and across Bassetlaw will have implications on the ability of the Trust to attract, train and sustain a workforce capable of delivering safe and effective care to a growing population. It is therefore important that individuals are supported in starting their career by being able to access pre-employment opportunities such as work experience and other engagement activities.

This project will involve developing a model of engagement with schools and young people that will inform, shape and deliver a ‘Foundation School in Health’ in the Bassetlaw area. A new health career ambassador role will be launched, to facilitate participation and engagement in events with young people and other stakeholders. This will be an opportunity to increase the number and social profile of students entering careers in health and social care.

The starting point will be a partnership with one school in Bassetlaw, to test the approach and learn from it, with the ambition of extending this to all schools across Bassetlaw.

The Trust is committed to ensuring perceptions are challenged, aspirations are raised and access is widened for young people regardless of background, with the associated added health benefits employment brings to the individuals and the community. One element of the project will be to collate and analyse the demographics for the local community and the groups the Trust is trying to target. This will help the Trust to gain a better understanding of the specific issues and areas of focus, and will inform plans, priorities and benefits.

This project will also support a Doncaster health and care careers event which is being used as a valuable test bed to inform planning to deliver the event in year two for Bassetlaw (subject to evaluation).

Contact information

For more information about this project, please contact Kelly Turkhud, Vocational Education Manager, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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