This week is National Careers Week -and as you know our ‘Work & Learn’ team do a lot to support young people into training and work. You may need to pull up a chair…as there’s a lot to take in with this top young fella who truly has the perfect finish!
Well Domonic -who we have mentioned in previous dispatches (yay!) has just come up trumps again and has secured a role as a Clinical Support Worker with Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust.
Are you sitting comfortably in the waiting room? – How it all began…R2W’s Claire Round takes up the rolling commentary:
“In September 2019 I met a young man named Domonic, who joined our “Supported internship” scheme. He has moderate learning difficulties and had previously completed a construction course and life skills at Furness College. Getting to know Dom it was clear he was a very polite and caring young man. He expressed his desire to work within the care sector. We arranged an experience a day in a residential home as this would help us to identify his skills and abilities. The day went extremely well. We approached Lynn Dack- Matron and Alison Botterill- Manager of the Day Surgery Unit (DSU) at the local NHS Hospital, who we had worked with the previous year. After an initial meeting he was invited to complete his placement on DSU.
Furness General Hospital becomes Dom’s new goal er second home!
In December 2019 Domonic started his placement within Furness General Hospital. He began by working on EOU- Elective Orthopaedic Unit. He worked alongside clinical support workers assisting with tea/coffee and snacks, mealtimes, patient care and generally helping to maintain the day to day running of the ward.
In January 2020 he moved placement and worked between the plaster room and the Day Surgery Unit. In the plaster room he supported the staff in keeping the room and facilities clean, checked stock, observed staff and patients and helped the staff with their plastering techniques and having a go at putting the techniques he learnt into practice.
Building confidence?….bring it on says Dom
When working on the Day Surgery Unit, this is where Dom’s confidence grew and his abilities were being recognised by staff and managers on the ward. On the ward he was supported by his R2W Job coach, Sarah Atkinson and myself (Claire Round). Whilst on placement he quickly developed a good professional relationship with staff on the ward and was wiling to have a go at any tasks he was given and keen to enhance and improve his knowledge.
Dom built a list of tasks that he eventually could complete independently;
- Stocking bay trolleys
- Stocking linen
- Checking patient boards
- Collecting menus
- Serving meals
- Distributing refreshments
- Assisting patients to taxi’s
- Delivering samples to the path lab
- Liaising with all staff and patients
His ability to complete tasks independently were recognised and after meeting with his line manager Alison, we decided to try and further develop his skills as well as observe and assess his progress. We agreed to continue to support him but give him more independent time- be on site to discuss tasks, offer help to break down tasks and ensure Dom could relay to us what he had done, giving us the opportunity to address any concerns or questions he may have. This would help to prepare him for a paid role within the NHS, allow him to experience tasks a clinical support worker would do and identify any further support needs.
Throughout his placement time he also had access to NHS elearning courses such as safeguarding, risk assessment, fire policy etc which he completed from January to March with support from Sarah.
We can see a ‘but’ coming – Ah yes…then in 2020 Covid struck….
During February 2020 he was doing really well -extra tasks etc. He was taking all this in his stride. We were beginning to discuss job opportunities with Alison and then……… COVID-19 hit. Due to restrictions and safety measures, all placements were suspended early March. This meant Dom could no longer attend his placement and we were furloughed, college closed in line with restrictions and everything came to a standstill. During furlough, we were notified of an upcoming temporary post. I discussed this with Dom and he was keen. He applied.
So we we’re waiting with baited breath Claire…..what happened….
On the day of the interview Dom was dressed very smartly, in a suit, and had some notes to support him throughout the interview. Dom had his interview via TEAMS. He was confident, he talked about his experiences and did really well ‘selling’ himself discussing why he wanted the job.
And and……come on what was the result?
He got the job!!! A 6 month Temporary contract as a Clinical Support Worker on DSU.
After completing the initial forms and his DBS……he started his new role on 30th November 2020 and I can happily report he is loving it!”
“Domonic is a caring, respectful young man who has totally deserved this break. He is compassionate and very understanding of both patient and staff needs. He will be an asset to the wards he works on and I’m sure will have the abilities to continue working in the NHS after his contract ends.He is in a workplace where staff are keen to support Domonic to continually improve and enhance his skills.” The R2W Team and NHS -what a thumbs up!
Well done to all involved in this great tale of success – not least Dom himself….