4 April 2017

Project to develop more Trainee Assistant Practitioners wins award

A project to develop more Trainee Assistant Practitioners (TAPs) by providing apprenticeship opportunities at hospitals across South Yorkshire has won a regional award for partnership working.

Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust led a group of six acute trusts across the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw region as a well as a hospice, private hospital and care home in the project, which has received a Talent for Care Award for Partnership Working from Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber.

By the end of March 2017, 86 new TAPs will have started in post, 28 of them at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. The TAPs will support registered nurses, theatre staff and healthcare scientists to deliver patient care by taking on specific tasks and caseloads and contributing to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care for patients.

They will undertake an 18 month training programme to develop and consolidate clinical skills, with day release to Sheffield College to gain knowledge to complement the work-based training.
The idea for the project was conceived by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, which also secured funding and provided leadership and business support.

The other trusts involved are Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust, Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield Health And Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Learning and Development Manager at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Michelle Freeman, said: “The true strength of the project has been the superb level of expertise, cooperation and sharing from each of the participating Trusts, services and education providers.”



Picture caption: Michelle Freeman (centre, with award) and colleagues receive the Talent for Care Award for Partnership Working

John Birch, Communications Officer
Tel: 0114 226 8989
Email: john.birch@sth.nhs.uk

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