Talent for Care at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

Staff from the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH) NHS Foundation Trust are involved in a national push to support training and education for their non-clinical colleagues. Some of them have even managed a starring role in a new film.

The film launched on Youtube shows the programme, which has been created by Health Education England in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Health, Skills for Health, NHS Employers and NHS trade unions.

Apprentice plumber Alex Prestage explains what the opportunity at ROH has provided for him in the film, alongside theatre assistants Sheila Frost, Cath Concannon and Kim McGeachan

The programme, called Talent for Care, is about supporting, training and developing the vast support network that enables NHS organisations like the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital to function, such as estates, IT, finance, administration and much more.

At ROH, the development of staff to reach their full potential is a high priority, something that therapy assistant Kellen Benton (pictured) has discovered. After two years in this role, she decided to find out what she could do to develop her career and work towards becoming a nurse.

Kellen said: “I found that I did not have all the entry level qualifications needed to apply and found I needed to do an Access to Healthcare course to top up, but the cost of the course made it prohibitive. I applied for support with funding through ROH’s Investment in Learning programme, and I am really pleased to say I was successful. My manager has been really supportive too and has enabled me to change my hours to enable me to attend college twice a week.

“This is a fabulous opportunity the ROH has given me, I couldn’t have done this without their financial support. It has given me confidence and I know now I have the ability to do a nursing degree”.