Healthcare routes including Health and Social Care, Clinical Health and Early Years
Yeovil College Mudford Road Yeovil BA21 4DR
As a result of the well documented skills shortages within the Health and Care industry, Yeovil College and Yeovil District Hospital (Yeovil NHS Foundation Trust) have joined forces to open the country’s first Health, Care and Early Years Career College, with September 2015 marking its first student intake.
Many jobs are needed in this sector over the next 10 years – with the Institute of Public Policy and Research (IPPR) estimating that by 2022, nearly three million more health and care workers will be needed to look after people in hospitals, care homes and the community*. The ageing population in the South West means this area is particularly affected by the increasing skills shortages and has in the past, led to expensive recruitment of trained healthcare professionals from outside of the UK.
Paul Mears, Chief Executive of Yeovil Hospital, firmly advocates the new pathway offered by the Career College: “The greatest strength of any hospital is its staff, and our Career College partnership with Yeovil College provides us with an innovative opportunity to address our evolving workforce needs. Working together we will provide bespoke vocational and academic education which equips local young people with the skills and real-life experience they need to succeed and provide exceptional care in the NHS of tomorrow.”
The partnership between Yeovil District Hospital (Yeovil NHS Foundation Trust) and Yeovil College ensures that all students studying through the new Career College are offered the perfect mix of specialist training through a current curriculum, backed up by high quality, relevant work experience. This provides them with the modern skills they need to take up employment in the industry, or indeed progress into further/higher education before embarking on their career path within the sector.
Students will study a variety of healthcare routes including Health and Social Care, Clinical Health and Early Years as part of the Careers College. This pioneering project hopes to attract new students into new healthcare roles associated with technology – and its use by patients to monitor their own conditions. Yeovil’s Career College is the first in the NHS to recognise this trend and aim to fulfil these newly created roles.
John Evans, Principal of Yeovil College, says:
“By working in close partnership with Yeovil District Hospital, we have developed a shared vision for this brand new career college; to raise aspiration in both young people and adults who would like to gain the specialist knowledge, skills and experience in the health and care sector that will enable them to enjoy successful careers in this industry, whilst helping to reduce a local and national skills shortage in healthcare professionals.
We are excited to launch the Careers College from September 2015, which means that all our current and new learners will be able to benefit from this exciting project and will be able to learn in a ‘real’ health care sector environment at Yeovil District Hospital as well as through a wide range of employer work experience opportunities. This means they will be expertly prepared and equipped for the world of work and the demands of this particular sector. The next phase of the project will include fundraising for the new building.”