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Right Arrow Trust is Runner-up in the first Guardian Public Service Awards - PR/44/0405
30 November 2004 at 15:59
The Trust was a Runner-up in the first Guardian Public Service Awards held at Victoria & Albert Museum in London on 23rd November hosted by Jenni Murray. We had been nominated for an award in the Recruitment and Retention category for our work with Health Learning Works.

The Trust, in partnership with the NHSU (the new university for the NHS) has developed a new recruitment process that is changing - for good - the way the NHS recruits staff from traditionally under-represented groups of the community. The 4 week course, a mixture of classroom and job placement, helps participants to become ready and ‘hit the ground running’ on their first day of employment.

Sharon Partington, Director of Human Resources said after the awards ceremony, “We were really pleased to have been nominated, as that alone is great recognition for the hard work our staff have put into this scheme. However, the real reward is seeing those recruited through the scheme given the opportunity to start a career in the NHS. Fortunately, we are obviously doing something right as virtually all those who have started under the scheme are still with us and are making our workforce more representative of the community we serve.”

Participants for the scheme are found through Jobcentre Plus from people who are unemployed who have been identified as having the potential and wish to work in the NHS, but perhaps without the paper-based qualifications previously used to sift job applicants. The Trust interviews at the local Job Centres and appoints subject to satisfactory completion of the course and the required security checks, permanent employment is then guaranteed. The jobs are viewed as ‘entry level’ range from ward housekeeper, through sterile services to clerical and administrative, but they are not dead-end jobs as through personal development employees can look forward to a wide variety of careers in the NHS.

Notes to Editors

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714