AN IN-HOUSE apprenticeship programme run by the NHS has been given a seal of approval from the school’s inspectorate.

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs hospitals in Andover, Basingstoke and Winchester, recently launched its apprenticeship programme, and was inspected by Ofsted at the end of the last year.

The report, recently released, doesn’t give an overall grading like that given to schools, but rather reports on the progress made by the Trust in a number of areas.

It found that “reasonable progress” had been made in making sure that the provider is meeting all the requirements of successful apprenticeship provision, and in leaders and managers ensuring that apprentices benefit from high quality training and that effective safeguarding was in place.

The report notes that: “Although apprentices benefit from a good range of high-quality training, current recording of this is not consistently good.”

However, the Ofsted report found that the 115 learners on the apprenticeship programmes have become “more competent practitioners within their teams”.

Healthcare support worker Amanda Biggs is undertaking a Level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship at the trust after deciding to pursue a career change. Healthcare support workers play an important role on the wards, assisting doctors, nurses and other clinicians to deliver high-quality care by taking observations and helping to wash and feed patients.

Amanda said: “I’ve always wanted to work in healthcare, but I wasn’t sure how to kick-start my career until I came across the apprenticeship scheme offered at Hampshire Hospitals.

“It has been the perfect way to bridge the gap and gain the skills and experience I needed.”