Get In Cornwall Launch Success!
August 31, 2016 | By Sophie Stokes |
Last Friday healthcare providers from across the county gathered at the launch of the Get In Project to pledge their commitment to developing Cornwall’s healthcare support workforce. Get In Cornwall is a new initiative aimed at promoting the huge range of support roles available in health & care, offering a valued and satisfying job with many potential progression pathways.
Project Lead Sophie Stokes told us: “We here at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust realised that by sharing our current thinking and taking an integrated approach to the development of the future workforce, we can promote not just good practise and innovation, but better decisions and thereby better care. We began working in Partnership with Cornwall’s Foundation Trust, Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, and Kernow Health CIC. And today, we are really proud to be launching Get In Cornwall.”
Apprenticeships, Work Experience, Volunteering and Traineeships are among the services now on offer across Cornwall as part of the new initiative.
“These are services that we knew existed, but were heavily fragmented. By streamlining these we were able to address some of the significant barriers inhibiting young people from exploring them.”
Get In Cornwall has also untied schools, colleges, community groups, & Job Centres to ensure the healthcare workforce better reflects the diversity of the Cornish population.
The new Get In website will act as a central hub for information, including clear and accessible advice and guidance on career opportunities in Health & Care in Cornwall. Furthermore, it offers information to employers on the benefits of the scheme and how to get involved.
New CEO for RCHT Kathy Byrne spoke of the importance of the scheme on Friday, adding: “We are all acutely aware of the challenges we face and the changes we will need to make to the way we support the health and wellbeing of our community. Our partnerships through Get In Cornwall will present new opportunities for cross-fertilisation of training, skills and employment with a particular emphasis on support workers who will have such a key role to play.”