Welcome to our 10 new Project SEARCH students, who are now starting the first of three 10-week placements at NDDH.
Project SEARCH is a scheme that gives young people aged 18-24 with learning disabilities or autism a unique opportunity to gain real work experience at NDDH. It is based on a model developed in the USA and is a collaboration between Petroc, Pluss and the Trust.
This is the sixth year of the internship programme and it has gone from strength to strength – last year the students were praised by Sarah Newton, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, and the project was highly commended in the Disability and Health Employment category of the national ERSA Employability Awards. Many of last year’s interns have now moved on to employment within the Trust.
Here’s what our interns are doing for their first placements this year:
- Admin roles in the emergency department and cancer services
- Patient support assistant across Tarka Ward and Lundy Ward
- Domestic services in the emergency department and Caroline Thorpe Ward
- Medical records
- Hospitality in restaurant, shop and kitchens
We’d like to wish our new students the best of luck as they undertake their placements.