Presentation on theme: "The Laboratory Escalator A Wolverhampton Experience Louise Nickell Education and Training Manager Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust."— Presentation transcript:
The Laboratory Escalator A Wolverhampton Experience Louise Nickell Education and Training Manager Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust
Healthcare Scientist Cadet Scheme- an emerging MLA development model
Why? Trust workforce data -Retirement profiles -Recruitment data for Pathology -Recruitment difficulties across HCS (anecdotal evidence) National recruitment difficulties
Solution- A HCS Cadet Scheme Write a business plan!!! Give it to the CEO Wait for him to give you loads of cash!!
CEO “Fantastic!!!” (But get the cash from elsewhere)
So………….. Submit bid to BBC WDC Meanwhile …………. Start the scheme
Principles of the HCS Cadet Scheme Informed career choices Vocational training Academic underpinning knowledge Pre-degree entry qualifications Equality and Diversity Promotion of Healthcare Scientist careers
Principles of the Scheme Skills escalator Support staff (including existing support staff) Opportunities for young people Changing the age profile of departments Local population Schools liaison
What’s involved in the scheme? Training programme over 2 years NVQ in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (LATA) BTEC in Applied Science (Medical Science) Rotational work placements
Anticipated result? Map into vacancies within the Trust at some point
Results of lots of meetings Resurrect the BTEC in Applied Science Change the units of the BTEC to suit the University Entry qualifications for BMS and Clinical Physiology degrees agreed Pre-college entry qualification for BTEC agreed Got everyone talking!
NVQ in LATA Decide which units to cover Decide how/where to deliver those units What about the individual learner? How to convince departments to volunteer trainee assessors? What about departments that have no assessors?
What’s the role of an assessor? NVQ assessment Departmental placement ‘Buddy’ system Assessor group meetings (bi-monthly)
What support is available to trainee assessors? Peripatetic assessors Training and Development Department Portfolio building Internal verifier HCS Education Group Assessor trainer- bought in Assessor meetings-Pastoral support
‘Mini-placements’ Neurophysiology Respiratory medicine Audiology Cardiology
Assessor training Bought in Time commitment = 2 x ½ day sessions Then 1:1 sessions in department Reflection session at a later date
Project evaluation HCS Education Group Post-HCS Education Group – assessor meetings Evaluation reports by project team Stakeholders review
Future work for HCS scheme Specialist pathways (e.g. Pathology only) Other Trusts Project manager Financial implications Schools liaison/Junior scholarships/Compact agreements
Future other work MLA development But which NVQ?
NVQ 2 only Edexcel is the awarding body NHS focused Clinical Laboratory Support
Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities LATA (NVQ 1-4)-Revalidated new standards Been used for years City and Guilds is awarding body
Costs of NVQ Registration costs Certification costs Assessor time Assessor training (CPD?) = A1 award (+ backfill?) Registration and certification costs IV for NVQ and A1 award Time for EV visits
Where to then for MLAs? Tech cert/A levels - could be concurrent? Foundation degree – Wolves Uni -Sept 05 HCS UCE Health & Social care- various pathways, entry requirements: NVQ 2 or working towards 3, or portfolio Honours degree