Students who are currently part of a Health Education
England Supported Internship Programme at County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, held a tea party to celebrate and
support the recent 70th anniversary of the NHS, raising
funds for the trust's MRI scanner appeal.
The students are part of Project Choice, a publically funded
programme, that supports students who have learning
difficulties/disabilities or autism, to gain valuable work
experience in a supportive environment.
A number of students have been working in various teams across
the trust's sites, including, library services, admin, IT,
portering, housekeeping, painting & decorating, equipment loan
service and catering.
Amanda Form, learning & organisational development manager
at CDDFT, said, "This is the first year we've worked with students
from Project Choice and we're really touched that they wanted to
get involved with the celebrations, baking and buying cakes that
they then sold, raising over £60 for our appeal bringing new state
of the art MRI scanners to Darlington Memorial and Bishop Auckland
"We're delighted that their placements are going very well. We
put a lot of effort into getting to know the students as
individuals so we can meet their differing needs in order to give
them the best experience. The students will be with us for a
year, working in a number of placements during that time.
We're very proud of them and delighted to have them with us.
They have shown great commitment and enthusiasm and have
fitted in really well into our large organisation. We're also very
proud of, and grateful to colleagues who are guiding and mentoring
these young people, giving them valuable work experience and
Alyson Goldwater, Project Choice Area Manager, who works closely
with the trust to arrange suitable placements, added "The students
have received understanding and support from staff acting as
mentors. This had subsequently demonstrated a positive improvement
to their employability skills especially in confidence and
communication. Following their successful placements, the
students have been working on a transition plan with some applying
for paid employment, volunteer roles or Apprenticeships/Supported
A new cohort of Project Choice students are starting the
programme in September, with placements once again being located
within County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, as well
as other local organisations.
The appeal to raise funds for the MRI scanners continues until
the end of the year. If you have a fundraising idea or want
to find out how you can help, contact 01325 743781.
Published 16 August 2018
'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their
Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital