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H8. Young People in the Workplace
16 September, 2014
Submitted: 30 November, -0001
Please describe how you have provided information and support on health and wellbeing for young people in your organisation over the last year. This may include information on any induction arrangements for new staff/young people and any benefits that have accrued. There is a 2000-character limit when completing this section.
We are taking a much more proactive approach to promoting the hospital to young people as a place to work and develop their careers. We have expanded our work experience offering and are working in partnership with schools locally to understand how best we can meet our mutual aims: GHFT - igniting interest in the full range of health service related careers (and not simply linked to medical/nursing careers) and for schools, the provision of timely information that helps pupils make informed choices about their futures. Our work experience opportunities are completely structured and given the sensitive nature of much of the work, we limit access to certain services or impose age restrictions. These discussions with schools provide excellent opportunities to promote the benefits of both physical and mental health maintenance to students. Our focus on developing apprenticeships over the last year (for which we have been awarded the SW NHS Leadership Academy Employer of the Year Award) has ensured that we place a strong emphasis on the wellbeing of our younger workforce and we have recently made a bid for funding to Health Education South West to expand/improve our offering to this sector of the workforce. We have recently introduced our New Starter Questionnaires to our Health Care Assistants following higher than usual attrition levels, however it is too early to glean anything from the findings at this stage, although they will be monitored for age/health considerations. We currently scrutinise our staff survey data (via our Equality and Diversity Steering Group) to determine if there are any age/health issues and currently younger staff report the most positive experiences of working in the Trust of all of the age groups. In our work with the Staff Health and Wellbeing Group we will, longer term see if we can through ESR (Electronic Staff Record) obtain age group data on prevalence and types of sickness which could inform interventions and training.
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