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Yes We Can: ‘Get In Cornwall’ in Working Partnership with Pluss

September 6, 2016 | By |

This month, Get In Cornwall are proud to announce their Partnership with award winning Social Enterprise ‘Pluss’ to offer a Traineeship Scheme for some of its clients at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust in Truro.

Pluss supports thousands of people with disabilities and other disadvantages to move into employment each year. Their employment operations help jobseekers who need specialist support to find work and achieve a career.

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust is the principal provider of acute care services in the county of Cornwall. The Trust employs over 6,000 staff and is committed to leading and promoting diversity, equal opportunities and supporting human rights in its practice as a leading employer. Widening participation is a continuing workforce priority for Health & Care organisations across the county to ensure that the healthcare workforce represents the communities it seeks to serve.
This year under the new Get In Cornwall initiative, which exists to widen access to careers in Health & Care, RCHT has developed a series of extended Work Placements across the Trust dedicated to those with a disability. The pilot scheme is launching this month and will take place over an 8 week period during which time candidates will have the opportunity to undertake a rewarding role in helping us to develop and continually improve local healthcare services. They will discover a supportive work environment where knowledge is shared and both professional and personal development is encouraged. Our promise is to offer candidates, as with all of our employees, the scope to realise their career potential and to contribute to the further development of healthcare in Cornwall.
Because traditional recruitment procedures are one of the biggest barriers for people with complex disabilities, our first cohort of individuals have been carefully placed, with the help of Pluss & Jobcentre Plus, to maximise each person’s unique set of skills to help them grow steadily into outstanding potential employees.

Pluss are clear about their message on supporting longer term recruitment techniques such as Traineeships, and why the NHS should be leading the disability employment movement:

“From Pluss’ experience, disabled employees bring to work those can do attributes that they’ve needed to develop in their everyday lives. Having a workforce that is representative of the people being supported by NHS Trusts can only help inspire recovering patients, and help Trusts better understand and respond to their patient base.

The NHS is the most iconic health brand in the world. As an institution, it is uniquely placed to see the whole remarkable person, to recognise not what people can’t do, but what they can. Showing innovation in how it recruits its workforce can put an NHS Trust where it should be – at the forefront of the Disability Confident movement.”

We hope that by continuing to build on our reputation as a Disability Confident employer that actively hires skilled people with disabilities, we are helping to positively change attitudes, behaviours and cultures, not just in the NHS but in the networks and communities around us.

To find out more about our Work Placements, please contact info@getincornwall.com

Read the full article on ‘How the NHS can lead on the Disability Confident Movement’ here: http://www.pluss.org.uk/news/yes-we-can-%E2%80%93-how-nhs-can-lead-disability-confident-movement

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has applied to become a Disability Confident Employer, the new scheme that is being introduced to replace the system.

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