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Posted: 08/02/23

College strengthens local hospital links

West Nottinghamshire College has strengthened its commitment to partnering with Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, after they joined forces to formally commit to working even more closely together in future.

Andrew Cropley (left), principal and chief executive of the college, and Paul Robinson, chief executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals, sign the partnership agreement between the two organisations.

The college and hospitals trust have already been working together on an informal basis over recent years to create more learning and careers opportunities for local communities. 

Now leaders from the two organisations have pledged to extend that work by signing a formal partnership agreement. 

The partnership commits both organisations to work more closely together – including by hosting more events like the successful Step into the NHS recruitment event which they recently hosted together alongside Nottingham Trent University (NTU). 

The event, which took place on Tuesday 17 January, welcomed over 650 people who flocked to the college’s Derby Road campus, Mansfield, to learn more about its health and care courses, apprenticeships and access to university courses – and how the college could prepare people for a career in their local NHS. 

The college’s human resources and business studies teams, and the team-leading and higher management development curriculums also attended to help visitors think about the kind of areas they need to train in to enter jobs within these fields. 

Staff from NTU were also on-hand to discuss entry requirements for enrolling onto qualifications, including adult nursing and mental health nursing degrees, nursing associate apprenticeships, ambulance technician certificates and the paramedic degree. 

Representatives from Sherwood Forest Hospitals advised visitors about the range of career pathways available in the trust’s King’s Mill, Newark and Mansfield Community Hospitals locally. Those careers include a range of medical, nursing, research, human resources, IT, customer service and clerical roles – among many more.

The partnership was formally extended when the principal and chief executive of the college joined the chief executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals to sign the agreement between the two organisations.

“This partnership is a perfect example of how two organisations can achieve so much more together than they could ever imagine on their own,” said Andrew Cropley, principal and chief executive of the college. 

“We are developing new plans and ideas every week, all aimed at creating secure and rewarding careers for local people at the same time as helping the hospital address its staffing challenges. When you add our partners at NTU to the mix, the potential is magnified even more.”

Paul Robinson, the hospitals trust’s chief executive, said: “We really value West Nottinghamshire College as partners and the benefits of working together are clear. The college does so much for the local population by providing outstanding training and development alongside the services also offered on their site by NTU.

“It makes complete sense to continue working closely together and this agreement is an important pledge to help create more learning and career opportunities for the local people we are so proud to serve.”

The partnership agreement outlines both organisations’ shared ambition to improve the aspirations and educational attainment for local communities. It also commits them to sharing learning and knowledge, as well as raising awareness of opportunities for employment and education locally.

The new partnership will see the organisations continue to join forces to:

  • Create shadowing opportunities and reciprocal teaching opportunities
  • Co-design future curriculum offers at the college to support learners to prepare themselves to step into a career in their local NHS
  • Develop communications to promote the varied roles within the NHS to current and future students
  • Continue to take part in ‘Question Time’ sessions that see students put forward a variety of topics for debate and discussion between students and health experts from the hospitals trust.

For details of the host of health and social care and other courses available at the college, please visit www.wnc.ac.uk/Courses/.

For details of current vacancies available at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, please visit www.sfh-tr.nhs.uk/work-for-us/our-vacancies or follow the trust’s new dedicated careers Facebook page.