Mandy and team won the award for outstanding system leadership in developing a regional workforce planning model to support multi specialist healthcare science service leads in implementing the apprentice standards at Levels 2, 4 and 6. Their work has ensured that high quality education providers, working alongside Healthcare Science specialists from all areas of the profession, can deliver apprenticeship to enable existing staff to follow an established career progression route.
The group was set up by Mandy and Nicola Calder in 2016 in direct response to anticipating the support that would be required at service level to ensure embedding of local processes to access the apprentice levy as a sustainable source of funding. This now enables Trusts to grow their own practitioner and science workforce and is a model that can be used to support others to do the same.
Graham Wilson, Training Programme Director for Undergraduate and Apprenticeships at the National School of Healthcare Science, said: “On behalf of everyone at the School, I want to pass on our warmest congratulations to Mandy and the team for their well-deserved honour. The School has been working with the Yorkshire and Humber Group to provide the endpoint assessment and I have seen first-hand the hard work that has gone into winning this award. Together we have completed end point assessments for L2 apprentices in infection science, cardiac science, blood sciences and audiology.”
Mandy and colleagues have also set up a Healthcare Science group within the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System to look at service innovation in primary care, raising the profile of the Healthcare Science workforce.