Wednesday 1 July 2015 saw the successful launch of the new NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Medical Health and Social Care Academy in conjunction with St Mary’s College, as part of Hull 2020.
Hull 2020, the vision for a better future for Hull, brings public sector organisations together to work as one system. The latest Hull 2020 development has seen Hull CCG team up with St Mary’s College to give young people the chance to pursue a career in the NHS.
The Medical, Health and Social Care Academy aims to give young people the opportunity to gain qualifications that will allow them to go straight into jobs with the local NHS workforce or on to further or higher education, including nursing, medicine and allied health professions.
Emma Latimer, NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group Chief Officer and Hull 2020 Programme Sponsor, said, “This is an exciting partnership between the health community in Hull and St Mary’s College to establish one of the first academies of its kind in the UK. Hull Medical, Health and Social Care Academy’s enhanced programme will help our next generation develop the skills and experience needed to secure fulfilling careers in health and social care. We want Hull to cultivate its own workforce of clinicians, allied health professionals and social workers who are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of everyone in our area.”
The Academy will offer the appropriate qualifications, experience and enrichment programmes that are needed to nurture and develop a local NHS workforce at all levels of employment, encouraging our young people to study and work closer to home and keeping their skills in the local area.
It will initially be offering courses to Key Stage 5 students in Hull and the East Riding who are looking to become doctors, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and direct patient carers. This will be expanded to develop other NHS specialist careers in the future.
Over 50 young people and their parents from across the area attended the launch and met with local NHS staff, had the opportunity to attend a unique ‘NHS marketplace’ showcasing the various positions available in the NHS and listened to a number of inspirational speakers, including CCG Chair Dan Roper.
City Health Care Partnership CIC is a key partner in Hull 2020 and chief executive Andrew Burnell said, “We are proud to be part of this fantastic development for young people in our city. Keeping the talents and enthusiasm of our home-grown doctors, nurses and health professionals in the local area will not only help them develop and progress in their careers, it will also mean that our patients are being treated by professionals who know and understand about the unique challenges and opportunities in our Hull and the East Riding.”