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Aspire Newsletter Introduction Welcome to the May edition of our Aspire@BWC newsletter! Aspire@BWC aims to support young people in getting the skills and experience needed to enter the world of work. This newsletter will keep you informed of all the latest news and events, as as well as the current opportunities available at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospitals. It also aims to keep you up-to-date with the latest projects our Aspire@BWC team are working on. To make sure you don’t miss out, please email to subscribe to the electronic versions of our newsletter.

Welcome Welcome to our latest newsletter, in which we share exciting details with you about our Hospital’s unique new #iwill volunteering programme, which is the first of its kind in the country. Many exciting events have also taken place over the last few weeks one of which was Healthcare Science Week. In this month’s issue, you can find out more about this exciting area of work in the NHS and meet some of the staff who work in this area. We’ve also celebrated National Apprenticeships Week by hosting our first Apprenticeship Open day where visitors were able to learn more about the apprenticeships we offer. Finally we have details of our latest work experience opportunities within the Health in Mind team. Thank you for reading.

‘Aspire@BWC helped, inspired, motivated and changed me. What will Aspire@BWC do for you?’

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You’re never too young to make a difference What could I do? For Junior volunteers (aged 10-16), we offer a chance to complete a short project, during which you’ll learn about and respond to a specific area of healthcare. You’ll get to visit one of our hospitals, or our mental health service for young people: Forward Thinking Birmingham. At the end of the project, you’ll either create something for us, come up with a way of educating your peers, or run a fundraising campaign. In order to take part, you need to be volunteering in an organised group (like a school, religious group, Scouts etc) and come with a lead adult.

Volunteering - what’s in it for you? Giving your time, skills and energy to improve the lives of others is a valuable activity and fulfilling experience at any age. But the benefits can be even greater for young people. Volunteering can help you to discover new career paths; enhance your existing skills, or gain new ones; and increase your self-confidence and resilience. It’s also a fantastic way to set yourself apart from other candidates when writing a job or educational application. The problem is, not many healthcare settings offer positions to volunteers under 18, and even fewer offer roles for under-16s. The national #iwill campaign is working to change that, with a focus right here in Birmingham. #iwill aims to get more 10-20 year-olds involved in social action: fundraising campaigning and volunteering, including in hospitals. And Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to be the first in the country to work with volunteers as young as 10.

If you’re 16-25, you can join our Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) programme. Spend a few hours with us each week for about six months, or volunteer in concentrated bursts during the Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays. YAVs rotate through three or four different wards/services, so you’ll get the chance to develop a broader range of skills and contacts. Whether you’re welcoming visitors, making beds, or chatting to patients, you’ll be making someone’s hospital experience easier at the time when they need it most. And to make it easy for you, we pay your travel.

How to get involved Find out more and apply online at Need help? Book a slot at one of our our free application surgeries (Tuesdays, 10am to 12pm, on the phone or in person at Birmingham Children’s Hospital), or just send us an email:

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National Apprenticeship Week - a story of success As part of National Apprenticeship Week (Monday 5 to Friday 9 March) we wanted to share a very special story with you, written by Admin Supervisor and former apprentice, Annemarie Aliband. Eight years ago Annemarie applied for an apprenticeship through our Aspire programme and has since completed multiple qualifications, which have allowed her to further her career and secure her Admin Supervisor role at our Children’s Hospital. Annemarie now manages a team of five, including current apprentices. As a huge advocate of the Aspire programme and the development of apprentices, she praises the support and encouragement she’s received along her journey.

the training sessions. “Throughout my journey Aspire have supported me with each interview I’ve attended through the Information, Advice and Guidance service they provide, with assessors keeping me on track and supporting me throughout every level of qualification, ensuring I completed it successfully. I was a part of the first intake of apprentices, and it’s great to see not only my own progression but also that of the Aspire programme as well. “Now in my role of Admin supervisor I manage a team of five staff including apprentices. Having apprentices in the team means I can pass my experience and knowledge, and help steer their careers in the right direction. Completing my Business and Administration level 4 qualification has enabled me to use the models and knowledge I have learnt and transfer them in to my day-to-day working pattern to help support and strengthen my team. “I’m truly grateful and thankful for all the opportunities that the Aspire team has given me over the past eight years as well as all the support I’ve had from the wider teams in Education and Learning. I wouldn’t be in the position I am in now without everyone’s support and guidance throughout.”

Annemarie said: “Who knew when I hit that ‘submit application form’ button on the website that it was going to be the start of my career. Eight years ago, I started out as an apprentice, working towards my Business and Administration Level 2 qualification as a course administrator; I then received a permanent job as Directorate Secretary and worked towards my Business and Administrator Level 3 qualification.

Thanks to Annemarie for her inspiring story, if you would like to find out more about our Apprenticeship programme, please visit the dedicated Apprenticeship section on our website at

“Now in the role of Admin Supervisor I have recently completed my Business and Administration Level 4 qualification. I’ve learnt many skills while being a part of the Aspire programme, including functional skills, especially maths, as I used to struggle with more complex mathematics. Having the opportunity to complete my functional skills and attend functional skills training with a trainer was very beneficial and I got a lot out of each of

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Our stars shine bright at the Star Awards 2018 This year we hosted our first ever Star Award as a joint organisation. It was an incredible night and possibly our best annual staff awards yet! More than 450 staff attended to celebrate the achievements of our incredible nominees and winners. One of several awards was the Superstar Learner whih is for for an intern, apprentice, work experience trainee or intern, who has really pushed themselves to achieve greater learning success, either within or outside the organisation, or their role.

Congratulations to all nominees.

This year’s winner was Jake Ramsdale whose nomination video you can watch here. Carly Sadler, Administration Assistant, Estates Described as ‘receptive, intuitive and mature’. Carly has made quite the impression during her time with us. She is adapt at anticipating the needs of her team and acting accordingly, presenting solution to problems and ensuring she’s always there for her colleagues when they might be overloaded with tasks. Within a day of her time in Estates, Carly was answering help desk calls and tackling tricky questions with poise and professionalism., She’s shown she values getting things right , and is always seeking new opportunities to learn and develop herself.

Victoria Banks, NHS Graduate Management Trainee, Directorate Management Victoria joined BWC as an intern on the Aspire programme and her hard work and commitment resulted in her securing a place on the competitive NHS Graduate Management programme. Since her internship, Victoria has been very proactive both with and outside of her role, attending talks to raise awareness about NHS careers and the graduate internship programme. Her ambition and ‘can do’ attitude have not gone unnoticed, receiving positive feedback from many of her colleagues.

Jake Ramsdale, Operating Department Partitioner, Theatres Jake has had an interesting journey through our Children’s Hospital so far. Starting as a theatre cadet, a new initiative which employed apprentices with the aim of helping them to develop skill sand knowledge to become clinical practitioners, he’s since go onto complete several qualifications. He’s now a qualified health care practitioner and throughout his roles and learning journey , he ha received consistent;y good feedback. He has demonstrated ambition and commitment to our Trust, whilst continually supporting our children and young people and his team.

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“The best thing about working at BWC is that it functions exactly like we hope the NHS should. Its culture fosters openness, excellence and innovation all with patient outcomes in mind.” Zishaan Mohammed Degree: Medical Science at University of Wolverhampton Hobbies: Long distance running, writing, gym Job Title: PICU Project Support Intern

What motivated you to pursue an internship in the NHS? Leaving university I was aware that my motivation came from being able to make a positive difference in people’s lives and this lead me to wanting to work in the NHS. Despite this I wasn’t quite sure where my skills and personality would be able to make the greatest impact. I hoped this internship would allow me to ascertain whether a clinical or managerial role was best suited to me and it did. How has this experience benefited you? I could speak all day about the benefits I’ve gained from this internship so I’ll keep it short and sweet and say I’ve been given the chance to work on a wide range of tasks and this has given me the confidence to know that I’m capable of working in testing environments.

What are your future plans Seeing some of the larger projects that managers have been able to contribute towards which have made an impact, beyond the trust, across the region have swayed me towards managerial work. I’ve learned that the challenging, variable and innovation-demanding nature of management in the NHS coupled with the aim to “put patients at the heart of everything we do” is something that draws me toward this career path. What would you say to other people considering applying for an internship this year? Use several of your shadowing days as soon as you start to really get yourself plugged in to your department. Getting this awareness is critical in allowing you to understand where you can get support and also in giving you the awareness of where you can use your skills to make a positive change for the betterment of our service.

What does a typical day look like for you? Tell us a fun fact about yourself! A typical day would involve updating our main workforce spreadsheet showing all our staff, their hours and any specialist teams they are part of, writing a piece for our staff survey newsletter about the feedback we’ve gotten and then presenting some of this data at a PICU staff meeting. I also regularly have the opportunity to sit in on departmental meetings regarding performance, HR, Finance and clinical governance.

I was once an extra in a horror movie. I was so brilliant they killed me off in the first 30 seconds!

To find out more about the Graduate Internship programme visit our website at

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Healthcare Science Week Our healthcare scientists inspire children and young people in the genetics of tomorrow

What do Healthcare Scientists do?

During Healthcare Science week (9 - 18 March) a group of our genetics staff attended the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham, to promote and teach children and young adults all about genetics and genetic testing. Our Genetics service was the brainchild of the great geneticist Professor John Hilton Edwards whose work gained global impact in the 1960s when he described Edward’s Syndrome, the most common disease caused by having an extra chromosome, after Down’s Syndrome. Our Genetics service continues to be at the heart of genetic research and patient care, transforming diagnosis and treatment for patients with cancer and rare diseases and is also one of the collaborative 100,000 Genomes Project centres. Genetics is important because around one in 20 people under the age of 25 develops a disease with an important genetic component. Our fantastic team who are all registered Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) ambassadors, supported the NHS Health Careers stand to promote the opportunities available in healthcare science. Those attending the event were able to see extracted DNA, learn about genetic testing and take part in a number of fun activities including colourful karyotyping and a Mr Men inheritance genetics game. A huge well done to everyone involved for volunteering their time to help to inspire the young people of today to consider a future career in genetics

Healthcare scientists make a real difference to patients every day. They are involved in 80% of all clinical decisions in the NHS and developing some of the most amazing clinical and technological advancements. Healthcare science staff do a variety of jobs in the NHS, covering: • Life sciences (mainly laboratory based, with little direct patient contact, investigating disease, genetic make up, researching new scientific treatments) • Physiological sciences (predominantly working directly with patients, measuring the function of a particular organ or body system) • Physical sciences and biomedical engineering (some roles involve direct patient contact such as rehabilitation engineering. Others ensure the safe functioning of equipment or researching new devices). So if you’ve ever been given a new treatment, had a biopsy, an MRI scan or a blood, sight or hearing test, it’s more than likely that a member of the healthcare science team was involved. It’s even possible that the person you thought was a doctor was actually a healthcare scientist

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I am Healthcare Science Staff from across our Trust have been busy celebrating this Healthcare Science Week. From our trainee scientists to genetic counsellors, our teams have come together to tell us a bit more about the vital roles they play in delivering world-class care to our children, young people and families. Take a look at these short videos and find out more about these unsung heroes who are ambitious in pushing the boundaries of improvement.

You can watch the videos by visiting our YouTube channel by clicking here.

Myths about healthcare science The healthcare science team doesn’t work with patients. False: Many healthcare science professionals work directly with patients. This could be anything from monitoring breathing or heart rates to helping disabled patients with custom made technology such as artificial limbs or wheelchairs.

Healthcare science staff don’t just work in labs. True: Some healthcare science teams work in labs but many do not, especially in areas where they need to interact with patients. This could mean working on wards or in the community visiting patients at home to help monitor their breathing problems, or check that their home dialysis machines are working properly.

Doctors couldn’t do their job without the support of the healthcare science team. True: Healthcare science staff are critical to the delivery of patient care. In fact, the healthcare science workforce are involved in over 80% of all clinical decisions in the NHS and develop some of

the most innovative and ground breaking clinical technologies. For example, it was a healthcare scientist, Roger Ekins, who developed radioimmuno assays – a way of detecting chemicals that are present in very tiny quantities in the body, like hormones.

Healthcare science staff monitor how patients are responding to certain treatments. True: Healthcare science professionals increasingly work directly with patients to see how they are responding to drugs and other treatments. Some even run their own clinics.

There is no career progression in healthcare science. False: There is a clear career pathway for staff working in healthcare science. With hard work and a commitment to continuous learning, you could reach the level of consultant healthcare scientist.

Find out more about the different roles within Healthcare Science by visiting

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Health in Mind The Health in Mind Team is a vibrant and well respected team of Clinical & Health Psychologists, Learning Disability Liaison Nurses and a Liaison Psychiatrist, with highly valued support from Assistant Psychologists (employed and honorary), Trainee Clinical Psychologists and Student Nurses

Inherited Metabolic Disorders) •

Observe ward based sessions where emotional difficulties are contributing to patient care

Observe contributions to attached specialist MDT meetings

Observe the role of other professionals (i.e. hospital play specialist, Doctors).

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Observe appointments with children, young people and their parents/carers when psychological/mental health/learning difficulties impact on their physical health condition or its treatment, or vice versa Observe routine screening, assessment and support in targeted pathways to inform decision making (e.g. Organs transplant - Liver, kidney, Small bowel), early support with new diagnosis (e.g. Cleft and diabetes service), early screening (e.g. Burns Service, Stem Cell Transplants), multi-disciplinary clinics (e.g. Rare Diabetes Clinics, Tuberous Sclerosis Clinics) to name a few Observe neuro-psychological assessment to help inform surgical decision making (e.g. Epilepsy Surgery), screen for difficulties following challenging treatments (e.g. radiotherapy, proton beam therapy of head) or injury (e.g. Acquired Brain Injury) and contributing to a number of clinical trials (e.g.

Eligibility criteria Must be 17 years plus Must have an interest in pursuing a career in Clinical Psychology or Health Psychology Duration 1 week Limited number of placements available during peak holiday periods No placements in May and October. ​To apply Please complete a form at Placements Once we have your form if it is approved you will be sent an additional form to complete following which you will be sent a placement confirmation letter confirming your placement.

Closing Information Our next newsletter will be out in July 2018. If you have any feedback about the newsletter or have any suggestions for content for the next issue then please contact us on any of the following: Email: Web: Twitter: @AspireBWC Facebook: Newsletter edited by Yasir Iqbal, Apsire@BWC Project Lead

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Welcome to our latest newsletter, in which we share exciting details with you about our Hospital’s unique new #iwill volunteering programme,...

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Welcome to our latest newsletter, in which we share exciting details with you about our Hospital’s unique new #iwill volunteering programme,...