Celebrating the work of Project Choice

Our Council of Governors meeting is held every three months and is a great opportunity to update our governors about the latest developments at the Trust and regionally over the last few weeks. I will highlight a couple of updates I went through at the meeting.

I explained a bit about the long term plan being set out by the NHS for the future of healthcare. A plan is being developed and by the autumn will set out ambitions for improvement over the next decade. Working groups covering priorities set out by the government have been established bringing together local and national leaders, partners and stakeholders to shape the final plan. We need an NHS where we are working together closely with partners. It’s a significant piece of work and I will be updating you all about this when I  can.

I also updated the governors about an event I attended recently to celebrate the work of Project Choice, held at the University Hospital of North Tees. This is a programme that supports internships at the Trust for young people aged 16 to 25 with learning disabilities, learning difficulties and/or autism. These placements are a fantastic opportunity for these young people to get the vital experience and skills they need to be ready to be employment ready. This year eight interns have graduated, completing placements in areas including portering, pathology, physiotherapy, QC labs, catering, IT and finance. One intern has already secured a role in portering and another has an interview in the Trust.

Next year we have another 13 students in Stockton and 10 in Hartlepool. This shows how much the project has grown and what a huge success it has already proved to be. Congratulations to the team of staff involved and to the interns for their dedication to the programme.


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