01st June 2016 Written by Skills for Health

To celebrate International Children’s Day on June 1st, Skills for Health and National Skills Academy have launched a week-long celebration to honour our children’s health heroes, giving everyone a chance to say ‘thank you’ to those who work in paediatric care – whether they’re volunteers, cleaners, postmen or chefs.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital is already celebrating their support workers as part of their new Aspire@BCH initiative. The new Aspire programme was launched to encourage young people into employment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and promotes the message that “every single member of staff is equally important, from our secretaries, domestics and electricians to our therapists, nurses and doctors”; a little like we’re trying to do by celebrating Our Health Heroes.

The programme is offering a range of opportunities to young people from nearby schools to introduce them to the world of work, including apprenticeships and voluntary positions; both of which mean working alongside the support workers of Birmingham Children’s Hospitals who just so happen to be Health Heroes!

You’re Hired!

Students have two apprenticeships to choose from; Business and Administration or Clinical Healthcare Support.

Image: Birmingham   NCW apprenticeships.

Business and Administration allows students to reach levels 2, 3 and 4 and is best suited for those looking for administration, PA and secretarial roles whereas Clinical Healthcare Support is aimed at those aspiring to be Clinical Support Workers or Theatre Support Workers – basically, all the Health Heroes of the future!

Whistle while you work…

The second opportunity will see students filling voluntary positions to either help the facilities team keep the hospital spick and span or become ‘meet and greeters’ and help guide patients and their families around the hospital.

Birmingham   voluntary work

The aim of the voluntary scheme is to better prepare the students for the world of work – it also lets them have a peek into the lives of our support workers and how hard they work every day behind the scenes.

Our Health Super Heroes

Birmingham Children’s Hospital is doing a great job of bringing their support workers to the forefront and encouraging the younger generation to pick up the baton and join the Health Hero ranks, but they’re not the only ones.

Image: Birmingham equal opportunities.

During our Paediatrics Week and International Children’s Day celebrations we will be honouring these healthcare support workers from across the UK and the vital roles they play in our children’s paediatric care.

To get involved or just to find out what we have been up to you can follow the updates here: www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/ourhealthheroes

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