Pre-employment scheme gives local people 'skills for health'

by CWP News - 14 July 2016

A local NHS trust has teamed up with a national not-for-profit organisation to help people return to work.

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) are currently working with Skills for Health to offer local people the chance to gain hands-on work experience within the health sector by taking part in a 14 week pre-employment programme.

CWP provides mental health, learning disability and substance misuse services to the people of Cheshire and Wirral, as well as physical community services in Western Cheshire.

Stephen Lambert, who is currently on placement within the Patient and Carer Experience team, said: “After completing a 4 week training course at West Cheshire College, I am now doing a 10 week long placement at CWP within the Patient and Carer Experience team. I first heard about the programme, and subsequent placement, through Job Centre Plus. It immediately struck me as a unique opportunity to gain experience working within the health sector.”

Liz Matthews, Associate Director of Patient and Carer Experience, said: “Having Stephen working with us has provided the office with additional resource.  The pre-employment scheme is an excellent programme that is beneficial to both employers and individuals trying to get back into work. To anyone in doubt as to whether it is worthwhile, I would recommend you give it a try.”

CWP offer a wide-range of employment opportunities to individuals looking to develop a career with the NHS. For more information, visit

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