Project SEARCH hosted an open event at Whipps Cross Hospital on Thursday 21st March. The afternoon was designed to give young people interested in joining the programme an opportunity to see Project SEARCH in action.
The potential future interns, families and professionals who attended had an opportunity to meet the Project SEARCH team, speak to interns and graduates, hear from managers and mentors and have an interactive tour of the hospital workplace. The tours proved extremely popular, with attendees impressed to see graduates and interns immersed in real job roles across the hospital, including directing visitors at reception, calling patients for their X-rays, delivering parcels, and working on the till in the restaurant.
For everyone who missed the event, Project SEARCH will be hosting a further Open Afternoon on May 23rd April 4-6pm at Whipps Cross.
Project SEARCH are recruiting interns for September 2019. Applications are welcomed from young adults aged 16-24, with autism, learning difficulties and/or sensory impairment who are seeking paid employment as a goal. Successful applicants will have an Education, Health and Care Plan, demonstrate a desire to work and be committed to attending Project SEARCH full time.
We're now recruiting our 2019 cohort, and looking for ambitious young people aged 16-24, with an EHC plan who are interested in making the commitment to a full-time internship at Whipps Cross hospital, starting in September.
On March 21st, between 1pm – 3pm, there will be an opportunity to ask all the questions you have, get a feel for the work that we do and meet the people who make Project SEARCH happen. Come along and meet the job coaches, talk to past interns – and to the employers who have taken them on as full-time, paid employees.
You can find us next to the Fontanella Coffee House café – that's at Junction 5 on the main corridor.
Contact us for more information about the day or to let us know that you are coming!
Interested in potentially becoming part of Project SEARCH as an intern this year? Want to find out more? Our first information session this year for potential interns, families and other interested parties will be held at Waltham Forest College.
Date: 22nd January 2019
Venue: Waltham Forest College
Room: Student Common Room (3rd floor)
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm
There will be a short presentation and an opportunity to ask any questions you have. We hope to see you there.
We are now at the halfway stage of Third Rotations, and our focus is on finding paid employment. The interns have been working very hard to increase their skills and become job-ready.
Former Whitefield student Khalique has started an exciting administrative role within HR at Prescott Street. This rotation is based offsite at Barts Health Corporate Services. Khalique is thriving in this role, and really enjoys travelling to the city every day to work.
Mohammad, also formerly of Whitefield has returned to Catering where he worked for his first rotation. He has grown in confidence and is now preparing patient food and delivering around the hospital independently. Mohammad takes particular pride in his favourite task, which is cleaning the catering block: “I really enjoy my placement. I work very hard and I never get tired.”
Exciting new placements at Whipps Cross include a role in the Domestics Laundry, where Shoaib is operating the washers and dryers and packing mops for the wards. We also have a new placement in Central Appointments, where Bilal is helping this busy department by collecting referrals and providing administrative support.
Other placements include: GP X-Ray Imaging Assistant, Ward Hosts, Food Stores Assistant, Domestics Stores Assistant, Outpatients Assistant.
We are pleased to share that intern Thomas has been offered a job in Medical Records on Bank following successful rotations across the pre-sort and prepping areas of the department. Thomas officially joined the team as a Medical Records Clerk in April, and is delighted to be earning his own money!
Congratulations are also in order to 2017 graduate Hasan, who has been offered a job at a local branch of McDonalds following a successful work trial. Hasan is looking forward to bringing his excellent customer service and coffee making to his new role!
In March, some of our interns joined Whipps Cross staff in attending a match at the Diversity Hub at Leyton Orient. For many, this was their first ever football match and it proved to be a fun and entertaining experience as Orient won 3-0. Thank you to Denise Dorking at Barts Health for organising this opportunity.
In March, five graduates and interns delivered presentations about their experiences of Project SEARCH at a Supported Internship event held at London Councils. Graduates Alex, Josh and Oliver spoke about their respective journeys into employment as a Junior Medical Laboratory Assistant, X-Ray Imaging Assistant, and Catering Picker/Packer. Interns Khalique and Rupini spoke about the skills they are developing in their rotations. Well done to all the young people for being fantastic ambassadors for Project SEARCH!
Whipps Cross interns came in during their Easter Break to attend a Workshop Week in preparation for their final placements. Activities included work tasters, interview practise, and CV writing. Elaine Colquhoun sent a card to every intern who attended, commending them for their “dedication to Project SEARCH” and wishing them “every success with moving into a job”.
Nine graduates who work across Catering, Portering and Domestics were presented with certificates and vouchers by Serco in recognition of their “Outstanding Work” across their services.
Whipps Cross Tutor Janet was nominated for a Barts Health Heroes Award for her “endless dedication” supporting interns and graduates. The nomination read: “Janet has touched the lives of so many people… she is irreplaceable and we are lucky to have her.” Janet was invited alongside fellow nominees to a celebratory lunch hosted by Barts Health Chair Ian Peters. Many congratulations to Janet for this wonderful achievement.
Project SEARCH will host a stall at the Barts Health Open Day at Whipps Cross on Saturday 7th July, 11.30 – 15.00. This event is part of the Trust’s celebration of 70 years of the NHS. Please come along to support us and other fantastic initiatives taking place throughout Barts Health.
The 2018 Project SEARCH Graduation will be taking place on 12th July at Mile End Hospital. We are looking forward to a wonderful evening celebrating the achievements of interns and our partnership with Barts Health.
We are now at the halfway stage of Third Rotations and our focus is on finding paid employment. The interns are in their third and last placements to increase their skills and become job-ready with support of the Project SEARCH team
Former Whitefield student Luke will be starting a working trial in a couple of weeks at Newham Hospital in Medical Records as a Medical Records Clerk with support of the Project SEARCH team.
Exciting new placements at the Royal London Hospital include a housekeeping role on the 14th floor Dementia and Elderly Ward and a new department placement as a storeman for Receipt and Distributions. Other placements in third rotations include: Domestic, Food Storesman Assistant, Fruit trolley Assistant on wards, Medical Records Clerk, Dental Hospital Receptionist, Hand Therapy Administrator and Porter.
We are pleased to announce that Abigai has achieved employment as an evening ward host role before completing the Project SEARCH programme in July. Abigail has worked so hard and been very dedicated in her role that her manager has offered her employment. Congratulations Abigail a fantastic achievement for her and so well deserved!
Abigail employed as an evening Ward Host on the 14th Floor Dementia and Elderley Ward at the Royal London Hospital. The first intern from second year at The Royal London Hospital to gain employment!
Royal London interns came in during their Easter Break to attend a Workshop Week in preparation for their final placements. Activities included work tasters, interview practise, and CV writing. Elaine Colquhoun sent a card to every intern who attended, commending them for their “dedication to Project SEARCH” and wishing them “every success with moving into a job”. All Royal London interns really enjoyed attending a job fair on the 27th April 2018 with job coaches support to look at different recruiters at the Shepherd’s Bush Westfield Excel Recruitment fair.
The 2018 Project SEARCH Graduation will be taking place on 12th July at Mile End Hospital. We are looking forward to a wonderful evening celebrating the achievements of interns and our partnership with Barts Health Trust.