Prince’s Trust GIHSP

Prince’s Trust Get Into Hospital Services Programme

This is the place where we support young people aged 16-30 who are unemployed and interested in working in the NHS, to explore a career in the NCA. The Get into Hospital Services Programme is run in partnership with the Princes Trust and offers a 6-week work placement in a hospital setting as well as job readiness workshops specifically tailored to working in healthcare. We provide real work placement opportunities in our hospital and community settings across the NCA, this includes jobs such as: 

Pharmacy Assistant | Lab Assistant | Porter | Admin support | Domestic 

If you are work ready and have an interest in working in the NHS but don’t have the skills or experience to get into the NHS, this programme is for you!  

To apply for this course, check out the Princes Trust webpages and social media for upcoming programmes.

Hear from our learners:

Ellie May’s Story

Faye Scott's Story

Faye, 20 from Oldham, had finished college but didn’t know what to do next ... read more

Chris Holland's Story

"Local Hospital Really Saved Me", says Chris - read more in this Daily Mirror article.

I started my journey by starting a 4-week work placement type course in the Prince's Trust in Sheffield, this was in 2014. I worked at St Cathrine's hospital in Doncaster in different non-clinical areas. It was just to get a foot in the door and was unpaid. I'd actually just had a baby and had some mental health issues at the time so my first day on that placement was the first time I had stepped out of the house on my own in over a year. So it was a mental health journey as well as a career one. Just before I started this placement, I lived in sheltered accommodation with my other daughter (2 at the time) and my fiance (the girls' dad). We ended up there from mental health issues that spiraled and ultimately we ended up declared homeless.

It was the support I received during our stay in the sheltered accommodation that inspired me to start a career in healthcare, I wanted to help others in the same way we were helped. Me and my partner had the help to lift ourselves out of a dark place and into a much more positive mindset. So I finished the Prince's Trust placement then enrolled onto a healthcare apprenticeship with Rotherham College. I think this was a year long. There were around 20 of us in the class and we all expected to be put into healthcare assistant roles on the wards, most of us got this but a few of us ended up in different clinical areas. I ended up in SLT, I had never heard of it and had no idea what to expect....turns out I LOVED it! I worked in an SLT team in the Rotherham community, working with adults that had communication difficulties. I spent time in the community but also spent a lot of time on the stroke unit. I found it all very interesting and was learning things on a daily basis, it also massively boosted my confidence. I was then hired as a band 2 assistant on the stroke unit (this was the only post available), here I worked alongside the OT's and physios. I'd worked alongside them all during the apprenticeship but now I was the band 2, I delved into the role more and this is where my love of physio and OT came about. I actually applied to uni to study Occupational therapy! I do find that a fascinating career too. At this point I won a Young Achiever of The Year Award with the Prince's Trust for getting a career from one of their programmes. I also won a PROUD award at Rotherham hospital for communication work I had done as an apprentice within SLT. I really loved my role and put everything into it to help patients!

Unfortunately, at this point, I had started a different relationship after me and the girls' dad split up. The new relationship was an abusive one and I had to flee it. This is how I ended up moving back from Sheffield to my hometown of Todmorden. Here my mental health declined a lot due to the circumstances, I got myself a job quickly as a home carer which made my mental health worse. I loved the role and loved caring for the clients, but the crazy hours and management weren't helpful, especially as a single mum. So, I was searching around for jobs online and stumbled across the role I am in now - a band 3 paediatric physio assistant. I've been here just over 3 years now! To say I am glad I found this job is an understatement! We are a small team and although the team has changed a lot over these three years, we have always been really supportive of each other both clinically and personally. Right from the beginning, I have learned new things on a daily basis.

To answer your question about why I chose physio over SLT (and OT!), I think it is because what draws me to all these careers is the problem solving, how every day is different, the creative thinking, how they're holistic. I like physio the most (sorry SLT and OT!) due to the anatomy, movement, healing element of it. I have genuinely been inspired by the physios I work with now, hence why I have applied to the part-time physio degree at Salford uni. I've chosen part-time so I can continue working here too. I am currently doing an access course at Burnley college twice a week in the evenings, to get me the qualification I need to get into uni.

Just to add aswell, my mental health has been so much better for a while too. I am now the mental health champion for the physio team, I'll be taking over the wellbeing conversation role for everyone soon and I host quarterly wellbeing afternoons where we all take time out to focus on wellbeing. I have also had counseling from our occy health for the domestic abuse I went through. I feel once I have fully processed it all and feel able to, I'd love to advocate for domestic abuse awareness in some way!

I think that is everything! 

Key Information

This programme is full time Monday-Friday. 

You will get 121 support while you are on the programme and travel expenses are covered.

Recruitment for our next programme starts in August 2022, so please get in touch with the Prince's Trust, Greater Manchester if you are interested. 

The taster days where recruitment will take place are due to be held the week commencing August 8th - 12th, after this you will be need to be available until October 7th 2022 to complete the programme.

Staff - Getting Involved

If you are a staff member looking to support the young people of Greater Manchester into work and want to help develop the next generation of NHS workforce, please get in touch via the Career Ambassador Page


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