NHS project on award shortlist

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A Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust project that works with young adults with learning difficulties in Wakefield has been shortlisted for an award.

The Project SEARCH programme is in with a chance of winning the University of Bradford accolade for cross-sector working in the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) Excellence Awards 2018.

The trust has partnered with Highfield School, Wakefield Council, HFT Supported Employment Agency, Pennine Camphill Community and Wakefield College to provide valuable work experience.

The Project SEARCH programme offers a year-long training and employment internship for adults aged 17-25 with a learning disability. Run at Pinderfields Hospital, the scheme provides real life work experience in various departments within the hospital, combined with training in employability and independent living skills, and help in writing a CV.

Dave Brady, Project Search tutor, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed helping the interns learn new skills and develop their learning further by directly working in our hospital teams.”

The HPMA Excellence Awards recognise and reward outstanding work in healthcare human resource management. 

The next step will see the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Project Search team and interns present their submission to a judging panel on Tuesday, April 17.

The trust has recently offered places to eight young people who will start the internship in September 2018. Applications are still open to new students. Visit bit.ly/2qaMXjp for more.