The College, in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust, are leading the way with an exciting new apprenticeship programme. The Integrated Health & Social Care Apprenticeship was launched, recently, at an event held at the Town Centre campus and received a great deal of interest from potential new recruits for the pilot, commencing April 2019.
The three organisations are working together to best meet the needs of local people; it is anticipated the new apprenticeship programme will be the first of its kind in the North of England. This builds upon recent publications from Government that show that joint, integrated working is vital to developing a personalised health and care system that reflects people's health and care needs.
Marie Dollin, Head of School for Health, Care & Education, led the recent event and said “This is a really exciting new apprenticeship programme and we are thrilled to be working in close partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust to develop it. It was great to see so many people in attendance and a real appetite for those keen to get started.”
Successful recruits to the Integrated Health & Social Care Apprenticeship will have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in a range of health care settings to enhance their role and provide a further understanding of service provision thus leading to a more personalised health and care approach to reflect the health and social care needs.
The College is one of the country’s leading colleges for apprenticeships and the best in the northeast, providing ‘outstanding’ apprenticeship provision to over 800 apprentices that are placed with over 300 employers. Shaun Hope, Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Standards at the College said, “We are thrilled to be working alongside our close partners in the council and the NHS trust to develop and deliver this programme. We pride ourselves in transforming the lives of our students and this programme will not only transform the lives of those fortunate enough to gain a place on the programme but also the 1000s of patients they will support throughout their successful careers, once qualified.”