Michael and Stephen's story - Salford Royal Hospital

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16 / 6 / 2015 8.09am

Partnership with Salford Royal Hospital, Salford City Council, and Salford City College

'As part of the supported internship programme, each individual completes three, ten week rotations where they can be placed in different teams to discover which roles they are best suited for.'

Michael’s and Stephen’s Story

Project Search has partnered with Salford Royal Hospital and Salford City College to offer a supported internship programme for people with learning disabilities. Each individual competes three, ten week rotations where they can be placed in different teams to discover which roles they are best suited for.

Michael joined Project Search’s supported internship programme. After Michael’s second rotation with the information management and technology department, he was offered a paid employment position. Michael learnt all the skills necessary for his paid position through the rotations on the supported internship programme. These skills include: logging the movement of all new and decommissioned equipment; building computer karts (used by the medical staff on the wards); and assisting staff when moving and installing equipment around the hospital.

He thoroughly enjoys his new role and recently felt confident enough to return to his college to give a presentation on the supported internship programme to other students who may be interested in applying in the future. As a result of his increased confidence, Michael is now comfortable meeting other Salford Royal staff and customers while completing his job.

In 2013, Stephen joined Pure Innovation’s supported internship programme. After Stephen completed his first rotation in the portering department he was offered a paid employment position. As a part of his role, Stephen disposes of all the waste other porters collected from around the hospital, puts black bags into the waste brings and helps other porters pick up litter in the yard. Through his work, Stephen helps ensure the hospital remains clean to meet health and safety regulations.

How we did it

  • Partnership with Salford Royal Hospital and Salford City College and Salford City Council.
  • Pure Innovations offer the supported employment element of the partnership which provides the additional support on the job. 
  • Interns return to an on-site classroom to assess their day and learn communication, problem solving and job skills. 
  • A job coach accompanied Michael and Stephen on each rotation ensuring he felt comfortable with his role and confident enough to be left independently.

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