COVID-19 has demonstrated the strength in partnership working. As many people have lost jobs during the pandemic, the Anchor Programme will provide an opportunity for retraining, volunteering and developing new networks of opportunity.
Basildon Hospital is being used as the pilot site for the programme, which will be expanded to include all three of Mid and South Essex Foundation Trust’s (MSEFT) hospital sites and communities across Mid and South Essex in 2021.
As 70% of staff at the Basildon site live in the local area, MSEFT will work with its employees to understand how they can recruit more people locally and ensure that employment opportunities are of a high quality with real career pathways.
Anchor Programme partners, Generation Medics, are also providing opportunities for young people hit by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Generation Medics is a multi-award-winning social enterprise dedicated to helping people from all backgrounds explore, strive and succeed in medical and healthcare careers.
They are supporting the next generation of healthcare professionals in Basildon through their ‘Virtual Healthcare Academy’. The programme includes workshops, mentoring, online work experience and a dedicated online platform all designed to support 13-19 year olds.
You can read about the programme here. https://generationmedics.org.uk/healthcare-academy-essex/
Click here to view the Anchor Charter and see who has signed up to the Programme.