Two Lincolnshire Hospital Teams Nominated For Awards

Teams from two Lincolnshire hospitals have been nominated for The EBP Investors In Education Awards; in recognition of partnership with local schools and for providing high quality work experience opportunities.

The teams from John Coupland Hospital, Gainsborough and the Johnson Community Hospital, Spalding have been providing work experience opportunities for several years.

Annette Goulding, administrator at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), said: “Our team at Johnson Community Hospital are thrilled to be nominated for this award. It was quite a surprise but we are really pleased.

“We work with local schools and colleges to provide a varied work experience timetable to allow students from Spalding, Boston, Stamford, Bourne and Sleaford to be engaged and to see whether it would be a career path they would like to take.”

She added: “It means a lot to us that we were nominated by a student. We get very positive feedback from those who have undertaken work experience with us. We provide a unique opportunity for students to experience what it is like to work in a hospital.”

Donna Phillips, Clinical Nurse Educator at LCHS and her team at John Coupland Hospital were nominated by Janet Thorpe who co-ordinates the work experience at Queen Elizabeth’s High School, Gainsborough.

Janet Thorpe, Work Related Learning Co-Ordinator at Queen Elizabeth’s High School, said: “Students come back from their work experience at John Coupland ‘buzzing’ about the activities they have been doing.

“The tasks Donna puts in place are as varied as a hospital environment will allow and the students who have carried out their work experience at John Coupland have all gone on to pursue a career in some aspect of medicine.

“Donna herself is brilliant to work with. Her proactive organisation means she has places allocated for Year 10 students by the end of October for work experience the following July.”

Both teams are looking forward to a special ceremony on the evening of Thursday, May 21 at Belton Wood, Grantham where they will collect their awards.

“We’re delighted to be nominated for the award. I thoroughly enjoy arranging the placements and seeing students blossom in confidence during their time with us,” said Donna.

“Seeing the nervous students pre-placement and then seeing the difference when I attend their post placement presentations are the school is so fulfilling. We have to remember that these students are our workforce of the future and deserve this investment that we give them.”

Phil Everett, Sales, Marketing and Communications Manager at The EBP, said: “The IIE Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the efforts that employers across the county put in to supporting the next generation of employees.

“The Awards are our way of recognising the support that businesses give to young people by helping them prepare for what lies ahead and become employable, work-ready individuals.”