Our staff are passionate about an NHS with patients at its heart. They care about working in an NHS which is fair and accessible to all, and believe that diverse workplaces make us better.
We do all we can to celebrate diversity all year round, whilst also taking part in national celebrations during LGBT History month each February, the annual NHS Equality and Diversity Week and Pride.
In 2020 Newcastle was ready to welcome thousands of people as we prepared to celebrate the diversity of our great city and host #UKPride during the weekend of 17-19 July. However, the COVID-19 pandemic had other ideas.
Instead, we flew the flag with endless virtual celebrations and introduced the NHS Rainbow Badge initiative, with over 5,000 members of staff signing a pledge to take action and support inclusion and visibility and wearing their badge with pride.
An NHS employer of choice
As an employer we are committed to promoting equality and diversity. This includes building a workforce that reflects our local community and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients.
We recognise there is real benefit in providing an inclusive environment in which diverse employees can work together and feel valued. We actively promote equality of opportunity.
It is our aim to be the NHS employer of choice – we want people who share our core values, passion and commitment to make a difference. With a range of career opportunities, we want people who share our core values, passion and put patients at the heart of everything they do.
We can offer excellent training and development opportunities via a number of development programmes including: leadership development, NVQ opportunities, and access to our Healthcare Academy.Find out about our current vacancies
Whatever job you do for us, you will be part of a great team of talented and passionate people committed to providing healthcare at its best with people at our heart.
Supporting young people with learning disabilities
Moving into adult life can be an exciting and challenging time for many young people, but for those with a learning disability the transition is more challenging.
Project Choice is an internship hosted by Newcastle Hospitals designed to give young people with learning difficulties, disabilities or autism, the chance to gain work experience, undertake an employability qualification and complete a work-based internship.
The project tailors a programme to the needs of the young people which enables them to meet and develop their individual skills.
Three stage approach
There are three stages:
Provides young people aged 16-19 years who are still at school the chance to undertake a half-day per week work experience over a six-week block.
Provides participants with a full-time internship for an academic year.
Assists the interns to transition either into paid employment, apprenticeship schemes or further education programmes.
Project Choice equips the students with work-based transferable skills enabling them to be work-ready after completion of an academic year. We deliver the project in partnership with Health Education England, and it supports Newcastle Hospitals overall aim to be the NHS Employer of Choice as well as a leading employer in:
- the promotion of equality and diversity
- challenging discrimination
- promoting equality in employment.
Since its development, Project Choice has been recognised locally and nationally by receiving a number of prestigious awards.