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New Healthcare Academy celebrates success

08 January 2024

A new training facility opened to train healthcare workers has celebrated its first graduation ceremony.

The Healthcare Academy in Bridlington Hospital was launched last autumn.  It is the first of its kind in the area and is the idea of Interim Chief Nurse, Dawn Parkes, who works for York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  

The latest training approach by the Trust is utilizing space available at Bridlington Hospital and boosting the healthcare support workers (HCSW) workforce.  The aim of the academy, which is part-funded by the York & Scarborough Hospitals Charity, is to train all HCSWs, including those new to care, to a high-quality standard. 

Staff graduating from the academy now have a sound knowledge of the basic understanding of their role after completing the four-week programme.  The academy ensures they receive training in the fundamentals of care before working on the wards.  Staff at the academy study for the in-house care certificate, which graduates were presented with at a special closing ceremony.

Two staff members undergoing training with an empty hospital bed.

Modules at the academy include personal development, infection prevention, privacy and dignity, nutrition and hydration, safeguarding, mental health, and handling patient information.  All the modules are delivered to a national standard written by NHS England and taught in an area of Bridlington Hospital replicating a ward environment.

Reflecting on the first cohort of graduates, Deputy Chief Nurse, Tara Filby, said: “The Trust is already seeing that we are reaping the benefits, all the recruits graduated with flying colours.  It’s been a huge Trust effort to get this off the ground in a short space of time.  The academy promotes inclusion and ensures all our recruits are confident and competent to provide the fundamentals of care for patients.  I’d like to congratulate everyone involved.”

The academy will now run every month.  The most recent recruits spent time experiencing a rich mix of theory and practice which included specialised days at Scarborough Hospital and the LNER Community Stadium in York.

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