A group of students from Derwentside College has recently
completed a healthcare assistant (HCA) traineeship programme.
The idea behind the programme is for the students to gain some
insight and experience of working in a healthcare environment.
Aged 17-19, they are not paid but keep any benefits they may
be on and the college give expenses for travel costs and towards
The students completed a four week classroom programme to give
them knowledge and understanding around healthcare and then moved
on to a 12 week work experience placement in the acute setting,
including a number of workshops and practical training
sessions including resuscitation and moving & handling
Six students successfully completed the programme towards the
end of September and we delighted that they have been successful in
joining the new cohort of HCA apprentices starting with the Trust
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital