Through The Prince’s Trust Get into Hospital Services programme, Sarah is beginning her role as a key worker at Royal Blackburn Hospital. 

“When my coach at the Job Centre told me about the Get into Hospital Services programme, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. I was invited to a selection day and knew this could be the start of something great.

“Attending this I was a little scared, as it was a classroom full of new people. But within half an hour the group was bonding well. Over the next few weeks we went on to do more training with the East Lancashire Hospital Trust (ELHT), e-learning, and I took part in an induction day. It was a fantastic insight into how the NHS works and what the job would entail, and I learnt lots. 

Before I knew it the course had started and I was getting stuck in on my allocated ward at Royal Blackburn hospital. The staff immediately took me under their wing and let me get on with the job. On my second day I was asked if I’d like to apply for a permanent position on the ward. I was ecstatic and very proud of myself, coming just two days into my four-week placement!

“It was during this time that the placement came to an end due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Although it was tough to hear, it was for the safety of us, the patients and our families. I arranged to meet Sue, our young people co-ordinator at the ELHT, as she agreed to help me with my application for a full-time job vacancy. She was fantastic and we posted my application the next morning.

“The hospital decided to take me on as bank staff in the meantime and I also got shortlisted for the interview as a Healthcare Assistant. I had the interview at the end of March, over the telephone, and got a call about an hour later. I was being offered the position and I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited and grateful. Here’s to my new career at the NHS!”