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Healthcare apprenticeships available in Coventry and Rugby


The training programme at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust is now taking applications from those who wish to start a career as a Healthcare Support Worker.

The 12 month work-based training programme starts in September and will see apprentices learn the wide range of skills needed to care for sick patients in hospital.

Their learning will be supported by the Trust through day release, allowing the apprentices to study for a formal qualification at the same time as working. At the end of their training the apprenticeship will transition into a permanent role at the Trust.

The Trust has around 20 apprenticeship positions available at University Hospital in Coventry and the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby.

Ellie Kettell, who is eight months into her Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship at UHCW, said: “I’m really pleased I decided to apply for an apprenticeship at UHCW. I’ve learnt so much already and it’s reassuring to know that when I complete my training there will be a job waiting for me.”

Marilyn Chadwick, Apprenticeship Advisor, said: “We’re looking for compassionate and hard-working people, who want to make a difference by caring for local people in our hospitals.

“They’ll receive world-class training and support to develop their skills and competencies over the 12 month programme.”

The Trust also regularly offers a 15 month Business and Administration apprenticeship across a wide range of departments.

Anybody interested in an apprenticeship at UHCW should contact Marilyn Chadwick, Apprenticeship Advisor, for more information at [email protected].

UHCW Apprenticeships are open to anybody over 16 years old, who doesn’t have an existing Level Four (Higher Education Certificate) based qualification.

The scheme is delivered in partnership with Midlands Training and Development.

In February, UHCW NHS Trust was recently named as one of the best NHS organisations in the country to work according to a national survey. 93% of the staff surveyed said that they felt their work made a difference to patients. Staff also said they would recommend the Trust as a place to work or be treated, and praised the training and support they received.

Please apply via the NHS Jobs website    Closing Date: 12th June 2016


UHCW marks International Nurses’ Day


University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust marked International Nurses’ Day on Thursday, May 12, with a number of events and displays to recognise the contribution made by its nurses, midwifes and healthcare assistants.

International Nurses’ Day is held across the world each year on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday, and the UHCW celebrations owed a lot to the Hampshire nurse.

An inaugural Nursing Excellence Award, a statue of Florence Nightingale, was donated by 202 Field Hospital to give out at a special event at University Hospital.

In its first year the statue was awarded to Nurse Consultant Julie Morgan and her team in Ambulatory Emergency Care for a poster they had produced about the establishment of the Medical Decisions Unit, and the improvements made to patient care as a result.

The award was presented by Major Harry Wallace ARRC and UHCW’s Chief Nursing Officer Mark Radford at an afternoon event for nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants and students across the Trust.

At the event, nurses and midwives from UHCW shared their experiences of working abroad, including in Afghanistan, Iraq, Uganda and Nepal. A former UHCW nurse also returned to the Trust to talk about volunteering to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone.

Earlier in the day, Heather Tysall, Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Acute Medicine, spoke at a special event in Coventry Cathedral about Florence Nightingale’s impact on nursing, and her own personal experience of nursing in conflict zones. Heather also shared her learning from the experience which had helped her to improve the care provided for trauma patients back home.

In addition to working in University Hospital’s Major Trauma Unit, Heather is an Officer Commanding Nursing for 202 Field Hospital in Birmingham. The cathedral event was organised by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, Coventry University and George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust for staff and students across the region. It was attended by over 30 UHCW nurses and midwives.

Professor Mark Radford, Chief Nursing Officer, said:
“The events on International Nurses’ Day 2016 have been a wonderful opportunity to recognise the contribution made by every Healthcare Assistant, Nurse and Midwife working for the Trust.

“Some of the stories shared by colleagues who have worked overseas were truly humbling. It’s especially exciting to see the learning that has been brought back to UHCW to benefit patients and train colleagues.

“We’d like to thank QARANC for their kind donation of the Florence Nightingale Nursing Excellence Award trophy. Each year we will be awarding this beautiful trophy to an individual or team making strides to provide world-class care to all their patients.”


UHCW opens its doors to world of research


University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) opened its doors to patients, visitors and staff to bring the world of clinical research to life and show how innovative ideas can make a difference for patient care.

The Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) department held its fourth annual open day on Wednesday, May 11.

The event included information stalls from areas across the Trust in which research is conducted, such as renal, cardiology, cancer, midwifery and gastroenterology.

UHCW is aiming to be a world-leading institution for research and innovation. Its research into new treatments and interventions means that patients can benefit from the latest evidence-based practice. The Trust works closely with universities, industry and other partners to develop research and innovation.

Sarah O’Toole, RD&I Senior Administration Officer, said: “This year’s open day will showcase all the amazing research taking place here at UHCW. As well as having our research teams on hand to discuss ongoing research activities, we will also be joined by patients who have taken part in past research trials.

“It’s really important that we continue to hold these events to let our patients, staff and the public know that we are a research-active hospital, supporting clinical trials taking place throughout the UK and multi-nationally to help patients.”

The day included a career stand for budding researchers to get more information, and a sweets mock trial which will take participants through the different stages of a trial such as consent, eligibility, and participation, where people are given either a sugar or non-sugar based sweet and asked to rate the taste.

RD&I is also excited to showcase current innovative methods which are being used to train the surgical teams, in the forms of virtual reality training, with the opportunity for the public to experience on the day.

All research departments will be engaging with staff and the public discussing current research projects and trials available.

Ceri Jones, Head of RD&I, said: “It is great to see our research go from strength to strength. Last year over 5,000 patients took part in research studies at UHCW NHS Trust. Without their support and interest, we wouldn’t be able to provide healthcare for the future.”

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Nurses at University Hospital, Coventry, and the Hospital of St Cross, Rugby, have contributed to a prestigious new manual for trainee and practising nurses.