North Bristol NHS Trust signs Talent for Care Pledge

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

A pledge has been signed by North Bristol NHS Trust to demonstrate its commitment to training and developing staff.

Chief Executive Andrea Young and Joint Trade Union Chairman Colin Puckett signed the Talent for Care Local Partnership Pledge on behalf of the organisation.

The pledge is part of a Health Education England national strategy for the development of the healthcare support workforce, encouraging young people to join the NHS through apprenticeships and other initiatives with an ethos of “get in, get on and go further”.

The pledge acknowledges the important role of healthcare support staff in enabling the Trust to provide high quality care to patients.

A pledge has been signed by North Bristol NHS Trust to demonstrate its commitment to training and developing staff.Head of Learning and Development at North Bristol NHS Trust, Jane Hadfield said: “We are proud to show our support by signing, in partnership with our staff side partners, the Health Education England pledge to support actions, such as recruiting more apprentices, to drive real change based on the strategic intentions in the national Talent for Care and Widening Participation strategic frameworks.

“Our Chief Executive Andrea Young and Chair of Staff Side Colin Puckett co-signed the pledge on behalf of the partnership in NBT, and we are encouraging our staff and managers to do the same.”

Andrea Young, said: “Our Learning & Development team at North Bristol NHS Trust do fantastic work and I could not be more proud of them.

“We have got a national reputation for our commitment to learning and there are such great stories of individual achievements as well as the contribution we are making to the local community that we serve.

“I was only too pleased to sign the Talent for Care Pledge on behalf of the Trust to demonstrate our commitment to training healthcare staff.”

Ahead of signing the pledge, Colin Puckett said that he was proud to be involved, adding that his daughter came to North Bristol NHS Trust for work experience and has gone on to work for the NHS.

He said: “I am a porter but the system has enabled me to become chair of staff side, and that is all part of Talent for Care and the partnership which allows people to develop and move on.

“I think it is really important that we are able to offer support to junior staff at the beginning of their careers, and the staff are absolutely committed to helping our new colleagues move forward.”

After the main pledge was signed other directors and members of staff were encouraged to write up their own pledges to supporting the development of healthcare support staff.