HCSW development apprenticeships commence across Lincolnshire

Posted on 21st January 2018

The Lincolnshire Talent Academy and its NHS stakeholders, have commenced delivery of the new Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship Standard, forming part of the Lincolnshire Nursing Workforce Development Pathway launched in September 2017 (click here for full details).


The Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship provides a development opportunity for new and existing staff, as well as providing the next stage of development for successful Nursing Cadets.

Both United Lincolnshire Hospitals and Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trusts have commenced delivery within their organisations.

Speaking on behalf of ULHT, Debrah Bates, Deputy Chief Nurse stated:

“As a Trust, we have taken the decision to embed the new Apprenticeship Standard into the Healthcare Support Worker (HCSW) role, thereby raising skill levels whilst supporting internal development.”

Marketing material from participating Lincolnshire NHS Trusts can be found below.

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust


Speaking about the new apprenticeship programme, Claire Flavell, Strategic Lead for the Lincolnshire Talent Academy and Apprenticeship Lead for United Lincolnshire Hospitals, said:

“Recruitment within our industry is a hot topic as businesses struggle to find and retain the right candidates. Developing a high-quality training programme that is accessible for our current and future workforce is key to attracting and retaining talent within the county, whilst also tackling the decline of healthcare professionals entering the sector. Ultimately it will help to strengthen the quality of care within our hospitals.”

Kevin Goodger, Operations Manager at Connect2Care, added:

“It’s a pleasure to work with the Lincolnshire Talent Academy and their NHS stakeholders, supporting its next generation of nurses. With an industry-wide demand for skilled staff and mounting pressures on the NHS, there has never been a more crucial time to invest in training. Our objective for the nursing development programme is to provide apprentices with a core set of skills that give them the confidence to excel in their careers and progress into more senior positions.”

For more information, please email:  NHS.Talent@ulh.nhs.uk


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