Jordan finished Project SEARCH a few days after graduation to begin his new job. After working in Receipt and Distibution and in cleaning services in a couple of departments, he was interviewed for and offered a position as a cleaner at a high school in Bradford.
“In my new job I am responsible for getting my trolley ready and mop buckets. I am cleaning classrooms, offices and stairwells. I’ve been there for a couple of weeks now and am enjoying it. The team is good to work with.”
Congratulations Jordan, we are really proud of your achievement!
Joe ended his final rotation with a job offer in the team from the manager of his placement, and has now begun paid employment in his role as a commis chef with COMPASS who run the Lifestyle Restaurant at BTHFT.
“I was so surprised when my manager offered me the job, I was shocked! I have achieved my goal of finding paid employment, and have worked hard for this. It is a great team to work in, and I am really pleased”
Best of luck Joe in your paid job- the Project SEARCH team are looking forward to sampling your food in the canteen!
“I can see myself getting an job with help from @PSEARCHBradford. And actually enjoy working with lots of new people. Yes I can do it!! ”
Following a fantastic three placements at the hospital, and an extremely dedicated approach to job searching, Aidan is due to begin an apprenticeship at the end of the month at Bradford Teaching Hospitals as an administrator. Well done Aidan– you did it!
We are really pleased to share Sophie’s story with you. She left the programme in April, after working in rotations in both catering and housekeeping, as she was successfully interviewed for a job working in the catering team of a Bradford primary school.
“I enjoy serving the food to the children as I get to talk to them. In the school I work at all the staff are very friendly and when I first started working there all the kitchen staff was so helpful and showed me how to do new things.”
Earlier this summer, Kieron left the programme early to begin working for a landscape gardening company, in a role which suits him extremely well. During his time in his gardening placement at BTHFT his mentor said of him:
“Kieron has been an exceptional intern, he has achieved every task given however dirty or wet. We have enjoyed him being part of the team.”
Well done Kieron, on finding a role which you worked so hard to achieve.
We are extremely pleased to share that one of our 2017-18 interns, Sam, has found employment!
Sam applied for a job via the NHS jobs website in January, he was shortlisted, interviewed, and then offered a job in administration within the Estates team. Sam completed his induction in March before beginning his new role, where he is based at The Lodge, and was the first of our 2017-18 Interns to be offered paid work.
“The team have been very supportive, and I am really enjoying my new role. I have been working on a spreadsheet to help support the work of others across the department. Working is important to me, I feel like I am an adult.”
Congratulations on our interns for completing their year on Project SEARCH Bradford.
Here is what some of our mentors have had to say about their journey this year:
Sam, in one of his three administrative roles at Bradford Teaching Hospitals.
“Communicated well within the team, he is a very sociable person. Sam has shown a tremendous commitment for his job. We are sure Sam will get a job with his abilities, he has been an asset to our team.” Mentor, ENT
“Sam gets on with everyone in the team well, and gets on with whatever is asked”. Mentor, HR
Kieron working in the gardening team at BRI.
“Kieron is a very good member of the team, he communicates appropriately with respect all the time. He gets on well with his colleagues, has a very calm nature and is very courteous to everyone.” Mentor, R&D
“Kieron has been an exceptional intern, he has achieved every task given however dirty or wet. We have enjoyed him being part of the team.” Mentor, Gardening
Connor meeting with a leader during out Leaders’ Quest visit.
“Connor was a real asset to the team during his internship. He was punctual, smart and pleasant with everyone. His work was of a high standard and he was very quick to understand and complete the task at hand. He did a number of pieces of work within the department which meant that he had to frequently change his office and other members of staff he was working alongside of. He took this in his stride and responded brilliantly to change in location and workload.” Mentor, Finance
Sophie setting up the drinks trolley during her role as a Ward Hospitality Assistant.
“We have been really impressed with Sophie’s commitment over the last few weeks that she has been with us. Her confidence has grown and she has proved to be a valued member of the Ward Hospitality Team, fully participating in all day to day tasks. She has demonstrated good communication skills with staff and patients alike, particularly during food service and carrying out the ward drinks round.” Mentor, Ward Hospitality
Aidan at a BAC meeting getting advice about finding paid employment.
“Aidan is always early, and so calm. He just gets on with his work, and is working to full expectations.” Mentor, Paediatric Secretaries
John filing medications away during his role within Pharmacy Stores.
“John worked independently in his role whilst I (mentor) was on holiday over the last two weeks. He has had three trust inductions within that time to take photos for and make ID badges. I am disappointed that his placement will soon come to an end, he has been invaluable to the team.” Mentor, Estates
Joe in his first placement in Ward Hospitality at BRI.
“Joe has shown he is very capable within the kitchen environment, he has really good preparation skills. After speaking to the rest of the team- we have offered him a job!” Manager, Restaurant
Jordan checking the contents of packages in his rotation with Receipt and Distribution.
“Jordan has the confidence to communicate with all staff, and if any patients or visitors ask him a question, he will try and answer or show them to someone who can, like reception. The staff missed him on half term- he is part of the team!” Mentor, Cleaning Services
Project SEARCH Bradford celebrated our fifth graduation on Tuesday 26th June, to mark the end of the year for our 2017-18 interns. Eight interns graduated- all of whom have demonstrated during their time working in their rotations at Bradford Teaching Hospitals, that they are ready for paid employment.
Professor Clive Kay, chief executive of the Foundation Trust, opened the graduation and certificates were presented by Professor Bill McCarthy, Chair at Bradford Teaching Hospitals, Councillor Richard Dunbar, Viki Potter, Deputy Head of Southfield School, and Pat Campbell, director of HR at BTHFT.
This year, interns have had placements across Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital, working in a range of roles including the neonatal unit, a number of wards, portering, finance, pharmacy, IT, medical records, web development, administration in ENT and maternity, receipt and distribution, the paediatric secretaries’ team, HR, the Listening for Life Centre and the Lifestyle restaurant run by the Compass group.
To date, three interns have started paid jobs. Sam is working as an administrator for the hospital’s estates and facilities department following a competitive interview process earlier this year, Sophie is a school catering assistant for Bradford Council and Kieron has found employment as an apprentice landscape gardener.
Other interns have job offers in the pipeline but are awaiting confirmation of start dates. Aidan will be working for Bradford Teaching Hospitals in an administrative apprenticeship, Jordan will be working in a cleaning role, and Joe’s manager from Compass announced at the graduation that he has been offered a paid role at the Lifestyle Restaurant in the BRI.
Huge congratulations for all our interns- you have done extremely well this year, and we are very proud of you all! With a few more weeks to go of the programme, we hope for more employment news very soon.
In March, Bradford Teaching Hospitals found out they had been shortlisted for the University of Bradford Award for Cross-Sector Working at the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) Awards 2018.
These awards recognise and reward outstanding work in healthcare human resource management.
As one of only four finalists in the category, the team presented to a panel of judges details about the partnership work involved in Project|SEARCH Bradford, as well as the work with our Business Advisory Committee, and how this has helped support 26 graduates into paid employment.
On June 7th, the Awards Ceremony was held in London, with representatives of our key partners attending alongside the team from Bradford Teaching Hospitals.
During the Ceremony, the team was delighted to be announced as winners of the category and were presented with a trophy and certificate.
L-R Dominic Wall, Bryony Dolby, Andrew Horner, Pat Campbell, Lorraine Cameron
Lorraine Cameron, Head of Equality and Diversity and Business Liaison for the project said: “We are utterly delighted to win this award for this fabulous project. The hospital has developed a great partnership with Southfield school, Hft and a number of large and small local businesses who have helped us turn interns in to employees”.
The judging panel for the award was also full of praise, commenting: “This trail-blazing project showed clear benefits over time and strong communications. The team is passionate about individual stories”.
A big thank you to all of the partners involved in Project SEARCH Bradford, find out more about them here, and well done to Bradford Teaching Hospitals!
Project SEARCH Bradford Interns were asked to take part in an interview with Radio 119, as part of BCB’s About Bradford programme. The show was aired on May 3rd on 106.6fm. Joe, Jordan, Sam and Connor took part, along with Project SEARCH staff member, Bryony. They talked about what they are doing on the programme, and what Project SEARCH is all about. Our interns did a great job, and really showed how much they have learned over their year so far- well done!! Listen again to the show here: