Our second cohort of Supported Interns started the programme at Charing Cross Hospital in September 2017.
One intern's experience
“Being on the Supported Internship at Charing Cross Hospital is an amazing experience! I have learnt lots of new skills working on my placement in the ward as a Healthcare Assistant, for example helping patients. I am now on placement in the theatres department where I prepare surgical trays and get the equipment ready. Having an opportunity to try out different placements has given me a chance to find out the types of jobs I would like to do.
I have attended workplace training, for example, manual handling, dementia, infection control, health & safely and I am working towards a City & Guilds Employability qualification. I have lots of support from my tutor, job coaches and mentor and I feel very confident about getting a job.
I would recommend joining the Supported Internship at Charing Cross Hospital. It’s a great experience. I have gained really good work skills and I feel prepared and confident about getting a job and being independent.”
“I am in my second role at the hospital now, which is picking and packing in the kitchens. Before that i was in a ward helping nurses with housekeeping. I enjoy working in teams and colleagues help me learn. I can work much quicker now than when I first started."
“Being in a big hospital, you get to work with lots of different people. I am doing filing in the HR department and I have had to get used to working under pressure."
“I like having a job as a laundry and linen porter. I have learnt a lot from my supervisor and like getting to know staff."
“In my first term here I was a receptionist at main outpatients. I had to book appointments and deal with enquiries. I liked being accountable and having to be organised. Now I'm a ward host, dealing directly with in-patients. I like working in a hospital and hope to have a role here in future."
“You learn a lot doing this - as well as doing the job, we can sit down and discuss things with the job coaches and the other interns. I think this is a better way to learn than spending another year in full-time college."
“I'm working in the shop and do all the roles here - tills, tidying, dealing with deliveries and orders. Most people are really nice but I've also learnt patience and how to deal with difficult people."
“I'm in the hospital restaurant and I love working here. As well as serving on helping with customers, I do work in the office. It's quite different to what I've done before. You learn how to behave in a professional work place"