Our strategy includes the NHS Our People Promise which ensures the principles are addressed across the system and outlines behaviours and actions that staff can expect from leaders and colleagues, to improve the experience of working in health and social care for everyone.

Our priorities fall into two main areas:

Routes into the NHS

NHS Employers have developed an infographic that shows routes into the NHS to complement traditional training and recruitment routes. For more information visit NHS Employers - Routes into the NHS infographic.


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Employment entry programmes

The scheme offers mentoring, pre-employment programmes and advice and guidance to local 16 to 31 year olds with an interest to join the health and care system. This takes place through one to ones with our dedicated Pre-Employment Projects Co-ordinator. Our aim is to support 75 young people into roles, which include full time, part time or apprenticeships and to help and support 60 young people to sustain these roles.

For further information, please contact Mel Glynn via melissa.glynn@nhs.net.

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust: Healthcare Support Worker – Level 2 (NOVICE Programme)

Healthcare support workers (HCSWs) work as part of a team providing high quality and compassionate care to individuals. You will carry out well-defined routine clinical duties like monitoring an individual’s conditions, checking on their overall progress, comfort and wellbeing. Depending on where you work, you may also help them to eat, drink, wash, dress or go to the toilet. You will also carry out non-clinical duties which could include things like keeping records, making beds, tidying up your work area, returning or cleaning the equipment used during a clinical activity.

This programme involve achieving a level 2 healthcare support worker apprenticeship and working with our healthcare professionals to gain experience on a variety of ward areas within a clinical support worker role.

Candidates must:

  • be 18 years of age or over
  • have Maths and English – GCSE grade C or above, grade 4 to 9, or equivalent in Functional Skills at level 2.

If you would like further information about this apprenticeship opportunity, please email the Professional Development Team on dgft.professionaldevelopmentteam@nhs.net.

Widening participation

Within the Black Country ICS, we are developing the potential in our people as a key enabler to creating an inclusive workforce that is representative of the community we serve. Widening participation encourages applications to job roles and volunteering opportunities from our communities with tailored support programmes. Through attracting, recruiting and keeping health and care colleagues, we will be able to deliver services needed for our population.

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