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The inspirational and rather cool looking dude to my right is Jacob. He is a young person who has been on the NCA Supported Internship Programme and is currently working at Salford Royal Hospital.

People who work with Jacob have described him as a “polite, respectful and thoughtful young man”, and I have to say he is a credit to himself and his family. A particular characteristic I like about Jacob is his evident determination, and he clearly had a lot of respect for both Alison and David who have worked with him during his time on the programme.

Jacob’s determination, and the team ethic encompassing Alison and David, reflect what I have seen of many colleagues that I have met at the NCA. Whether it be those who have maintained good care during the IT outage difficulties, or those seeking to progress patient centred research as a part of the launch of our Centre for Clinical and Care Research, the desire to do right by the people we serve and each other is palpable.

Enjoy the weekend if you are having one and if you are working then thank you!

Best wishes


Chief Executive

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We are fortunate to have secured the expertise of Pure Innovations to run an interactive 1 day training course which is ideal for anyone who already supports staff with a disability or would like to learn about how to support interns or job candidates with disabilities to succeed in work.

Pure Innovations has been successfully delivering Supported Employment since 1986 to people who are at the greatest disadvantage in seeking and retaining work. They recognise ability rather than focusing on disability and believe that with the right level of support people can successfully reach their employment goals.

The training receives excellent feedback and you will come away with:

  • a greater understanding of disabilities including, mental health, learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders and physical/ sensory disabilities.
  • An understanding of the basic principles of the Social Model of Disability.
  • A recognition of ability rather than see the barriers of Disability.
  • a greater understanding of Access to Work.
  • strategies for effective communication with people who have a disability.
  • An understanding of the basic principles of Training in Systematic Instruction and carved roles

To book your place on the training for the Thursday 18th August, 10.00 – 3.30, Frank Rifkin Lecture Theatre, Mayo Building. Salford Royal Foundation Trust. Click to book here via ESR Learn 

In acknowledgement of our work on T level Industry Placements the Northern Care Alliance was funded by the Gatsby Foundation to create resources to inspire and support other health organisations to get involved.

Click here to watch our video to see one way we've helped to shine a light on the T Level Industry Placement process, encouraging others to offer our future workforce the opportunities to experience NHS career choices.

To find out more about T Levels in health and healthcare science, check out the HASO T Level webpages.

The NCA widening participation team were asked to speak at the The NHS and The Prince’s Trust: building your workforce conference this month to showcase the incredible work they are doing with care leavers in Greater Manchester.

You can find the resources for the conference here.

March is Cerebral Palsy awareness month! Hear from our very own Katie Gaskell, Clerical Officer for our Widening Participation team, about her journey into employment within the Northern Care Allaince.

The NCA is helping to develop the future healthcare workforce in Oldham and Greater Manchester byJulie Miller kickstart manager testimonial.jpg collaborating with four local colleges in a strategic partnership called the Northern Care College Alliance. 

Read the full article here

Healthcare Science Week is an annual week-long programme designed to promote the amazing work of healthcare science professionals and highlight the difference they make to patients' lives. #HCSWeek2022

To find out more about the fantastic career oportunities in health care science click here.

Conner Ellison, was filmed at Salford Royal on Tuesday this week talking about his experience of KickstartConner Ellison.jpg and his subsequent career change into the NHS. It was broadcasted on the 6pm bulletin 24th Febuary 2022, news agenda pending. 

Click here to read the full article

Paul Loy Headshot Cadets.pngIt’s Healthcare Science week from 14th to 20th March and Pathology are busy gearing up to welcome T Level students from Oldham College for a week of new experiences.

Paul Loy, Microbiology Technical Manager for Pathology said,

‘We are really looking forward to showing the T Level Cadets how Pathology relates to the patients that they’ll meet on our wards and departments. Students on the Supporting the Adult Nursing Team will be finding out what the main departments in pathology do and how the work that the healthcare scientists in pathology carry out is important for our patient’s diagnoses, treatment and monitoring.

Students studying on the T Level in Healthcare Science will be heading out to wards and departments across Oldham to learn about direct patient care. They can make great use of these experiences when on full placement in Pathology later in the year, where they’ll need to remember that each sample represents a patient.’

T Level cadets will come on board across the NCA for a 10 week block this autumn, with mandatory training, occupational health and DBS clearance, training in 10 healthcare skills and over a year’s worth of learning and training guided by the NCA T Level Cadet Team.  

If you’d like the opportunity to host a T Level industry placement cadet to work alongside your support team over the winter, contact

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