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  1. Project SEARCH Graduates 2017-18

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    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

  2. Graduation 2017-18

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    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.

    Follow us on twitter @PSEARCHBradford or facebook for updates about our intern’s new jobs.

    A new cohort of interns will be welcomed into the project in September 2018, and we are excited about entering into our sixth year of the programme.

    Recruitment for 2019-20 will begin later this year, so any future interns should keep an eye out, here on our website for details about how to apply.


  3. Project SEARCH Partners Win National Award

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    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!


  4. Interns on the Radio

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    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:



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  5. Brilliant Bradford Staff Award Successes!

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    On Thursday 7th December, Bradford Teaching Hospital’s held their Brilliant Bradford Staff Awards.

    There were severa811A0EC7-DC97-446F-A2A2-E2F040BC0F31l staff members who have worked with Project SEARCH Interns over the year nominated for awards, but a couple were nominated specifically for their work with the Project and with our interns.

    Lorraine Cameron was nominated for the Excellence in Collaboration Award, for work she does liaising with key partners, and local businesses involved in our Business Advisory Committee. Additionally Lorraine has helped the Project SEARCH team forge relationships with managers and departments around the hospital, to ensure we are working together to help support interns as best we possibly can. This has played a crucial role in helping interns find paid employment.

    Also nominated was one of our mentors, Malcolm. Malcolm has mentored 9 interns since Project SEARCH began in 2013, and has played a big part in helping them to develop the skills they needed to get paid employment.

    We are delighted to share, that both Lorraine and Malcolm received second place prizes from BTHFT in recognition for their hard work.



    As the evening was drawing to a close, there was a surprise for one of our graduates, Ben. This time last year, Ben was successful in gaining a promotion at Bradford Teaching Hospitals, and since has been working as a Service Desk Analyst. Part of his role this year has been to support the IT team in the roll out of the Electronic Patient Record System (known as EPR), which has seen huge changes for the hospital and it’s staff. During the changeover, Ben put in extra hours, worked longshifts, and played an important role in supporting the hospital. As a result of this, Chief Executive Clive Kay, chose from all the 5,500+ staff at BTHFT, to dedicate his “Unsung Hero” Award to Ben. The Project SEARCH team are incredibly proud of Ben for demonstrating a continuing excellent work ethic, and commitment to his team and BTHFT. Congratulations again Ben!!


  6. Update from our BAC

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    We held our third Business Advisory Committee meeting with our 2017-18 Project SEARCH interns in February.

    We began the meeting with our BAC members catching up with Aidan, a graduate from last year. Aidan returned to talk about his experiences during and since his time with Project SEARCH. Aidan worked as a Ward Hospitality Assistant, then in M&S, and finally in the catering team at the University of Bradford. Following this, Aidan was successful at an interview for a job with M&S. In January he even began working in a second job at a pub in Cottingley as a Kitchen Porter.

    Aidan is really enjoying both of his jobs. Recently a mystery shopper visited M&S, and was looked after by Aidan. He scored 100% and won a prize for his customer service skills. The BAC enjoyed hearing Aidan speak with such confidence about his enjoyment of life in employment.

    Following this, our current interns met with the BAC members. They brought with them copies of their CVs, which they have been working hard on putting together. They each received detailed feedback on their CV about what was working well, and where it could be developIMG_6296ed.

    Interns have gone on to use their updated CVs to begin applying for paid employment.

    The group is now working learning all about job interviews, and beginning to put their knowledge into practice in some role plays, ready for mock interviews at our next BAC next month. Good luck interns!

  7. Leaders’ Quest Visit Project SEARCH Bradford

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    Project SEARCH Bradford hosted a visit from 10 special visitors on the 30th November. Our guests were part of a 30 strong delegation from Leaders’ Quest, a social enterprise with a charitable foundation, whose mission is to work with leaders from business, government and civil society to bring about change.

    The Leaders’ Quest visit took place in Bradford over a 3 day period, where the leaders visited ‘organisations with a strong sense of purpose’. 10 of the delegates came to visit ProjIMG_6138ect SEARCH and meet our interns currently on the Project. The delegates had quick introductions to all interns before having in-depth conversations with 4 interns each, advising them on pathways to help them in their journey towards paid employment.
    The delegates thanked interns for the session and wished them well in their future careers.

    Daniel, one of our current interns said “The Leaders’ Quest visit was interesting to find out about the different people that visited us, one of the people I spoke to told me about how they have lived in America, and I enjoyed finding out about it. Thank you to Leaders’ quest for visiting Project SEARCH Bradford and for the advice they gave to me and the other interns.”

  8. Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust are winners!

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    Bradford Teaching Hospitals has walked away with a top prize at an awards ceremony in the city for its ground-breaking Project SEARCH.
    Bradford Teaching Hospitals has now scooped the award for Best Practice in Employment of Disabled People in new awards set up by Bradford and District Disabled People’s Forum, supported by Sovereign Healthcare and Easier Access.

    Lorraine Cameron, head of equality and diversity and Ruth Reid, human resources manager picked up the award at this year’s Easier Access – people can make a difference event in Bradford’s City Park.

    “I’m absolutely thrilled that the hospitals have won this award,” said Lorraine. “One of the biggest barriers to employment is the recruitment process which disadvantages people with learning difficulties. If faced with an interview against other non-disabled candidates, people with learning difficulties are much less likely to get the job. We won this award because we have changed our recruitment practices to make it fairer for our Interns to get paid employment with us when the programme finishes.

    “That’s why Project SEARCH makes such a difference to these young people’s life chances as it supports them to move towards paid employment, and boosts their confidence so they realise they can do a job as well as anyone else.”


    Bradford Teaching Hospitals has, to date, employed eight Project SEARCH graduates, with this number set to increase over the coming months.


    Congratulations BTHFT!!


  9. Project SEARCH Graduation 2016-17

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    On Thursday July 6th, we held our Graduation ceremony for 2016-17, in the Sovereign Lecture Theatre at Bradford Royal Infirmary. Eight interns have successfully completed the programme in order to graduate.

    The graduates, began their journeys in September 2016, and have completed three work experience placements, in a variety of roles and settings. The Graduation was a real celebration of their achievements, and the beginning the next chapter of their lives as they start to find paid employment.

    Professor Clive Kay, chief executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, opened the Graduation and certificates and trophies were presented by Councillor Richard Dunbar, Dominic Wall, chief executive of Southfield Grange Trust, and Pat Campbell, director of HR at BTHFT.

    The ceremony was attended by interns and their families, their placement mentors, staff from Southfield School, Hft, the University of Bradford, as well as staff and managers from BTHFT.

    Umar, has already found employment at the University of Bradford in an administrative role in the HR department, and a new apprenticeship for Mark at BTHFT was also announced at the event.

    Lorraine Cameron, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve once again hosted this graduation ceremony. It’s a real highlight for the Trust, sharing in the achievement of the interns who have gained over 900 hours on the job work experience and we wish them every success for their future, some of whom we hope will start jobs with us.”

    Congratulations all interns, we are proud of what you have achieved this year!


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    Find out what rotations our 2016-17 Graduates have completed here, and what their colleagues and mentors had to say about their achievements here.

  10. Project SEARCH Graduates 2016-17

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    Congratulations on our interns for completing their year on Project SEARCH.

    Here is what some of our mentors have had to say about their journey this year:


    Damien, Housekeeper

    Damien, Housekeeper



    “Damien is a very well liked person on the unit. He is very hard working and focuses on small detail in every job he does. With written instructions he is able to work by himself and complete the tasks given. Damien has gained more confidence in speaking to others in conversation and seems more at ease. He has knowledge of equipment and stock and where it is kept. Damien has been a big help and will be missed by all when he leaves.” – Mentor Neonatal Unit

    “Damien listened to everything. Once he had learned the tasks he did a really good job. Damien s very focused and methodical in his work, and I wish him all the best for the future and everything he does.” – Mentor Wards 8-11





    Aidan working in the catering department at the University of Bradford



    “He is hardworking and fantastic. He is ready for work!” – Mentor University of Bradford

    “An absolute pleasure to have in the business. Well mannered, well presented young man who always came in and performed to the best of his ability. Good luck and best wishes.” – Mentor M&S


    Thomas setting up an event at the University of Bradford in his final rotation.









    “Thomas has done a fantastic job and got on well with the team. He is hard working and reliable and an excellent intern.” – Mentor Linen Services







    Mark on reception at Daisy Bank, BRI.



    “Mark is very polite, comes in and gets on with his tasks. He’s been a great help on the team and a pleasure to work with.” – Mentors at Daisy Bank

    “It was good to have Mark on the team, he worked hard and learned a lot during his time with us.” – Mentor Patient Experience Team




    Neil spent two rotations in gardening, one at BRI and one at the University of Bradford.




    “Neil is a little star, he came out of his shell after a while and fit in well with the team.” – Mentor Gardening Team

    “Neil is full of enthusiasm and works hard.” – Mentor R&D










    Corbin picking an order in Pharmacy Stores.


    “Corbin has been a real asset to the office and has been polite, punctual and well mannered. He has been consistently hard working and has an admirable work ethic.” – Mentor Pharmacy Office








    Saeed filing invoices in the Pharmacy Administration office.


    “Saeed is a credit to the Project SEARCH initiative and I hope to work with more candidates in the future”. – Mentor Pharmacy Office

    “Saeed was quiet at first but really gained in confidence during his time in our team” – Mentor Paediatric Secretaries

    “Saeed is always punctual, very smartly dressed and has come out of his shell during his time with us.” – Mentor Shipley Resource Centre







    Umar in his paid role at the University of Bradford, which he found after working in two administrative placements at Bradford Teaching Hospitals.


    “Umar did a great job during his time with us, he implemented a spreadsheet, which was really useful and we are still using today. Best of luck for his future.” – Mentor Patient Experience Team

    “Umar settled into the Post Grad team straight away. He was always very friendly and helpful. I know how much he ‘loved’ doing the evaluations. Myself and my colleagues were sad to see him leave but wish him success in his future work.” – Mentor Post Grad Education Team