The Trust has welcomed two new Clinical Coding Apprentices
to the team.
Hannah Webb and Kitty Jennings have joined the Clinical Coding
Team as Apprentice Clinical Coders and are now enrolled onto the
Clinical Coding Level 3 Apprenticeship Programme. The pair are excited to be starting
their career pathway in Clinical Coding.
The new clinical coding apprenticeship, which is a first
for the Trust, is designed to introduce the career to prospective coders and
boost the existing team.
Lisa Simpson and Lauren Saxton, Clinical Information Assurance Leads, said:
“We are proud to be part of the first regional cohort of Trusts recruiting and
developing a route into the coding world via an apprenticeship along with Barnsley Hospital, Sheffield
Children’s Hospital, University of Derby and Burton Hospital.”
Martin Clarke, Health Informatics Service Manager, said due
to the Covid-19 situation the team had to think of different ways of recruiting
He said: “We had to quickly develop new processes to
continue with our recruitment process. Lisa and Lauren conducted interviews for
our apprentice post via MS Teams along with a timed test on 7 April 2020. We
successfully appointed two candidates into Coding Apprentice posts. The
approach we developed has now been adopted and utilised by the Trust as a ways
and means of being able to continue to recruit staff in a safe and effective
manner. Neighbouring Trusts have sought advice and guidance on how to take on
this approach and have now embedded it into their Trusts.”
Graham Travis, Apprenticeship Manager, said it was a
completely new apprenticeship for the Trust. He added: “It has helped support
the Coding Team fill positions they would normally struggle to find qualified
staff for if advertised externally. “Martin, Lauren and Lisa have been an
excellent driving force behind the recruitment of the apprentices alongside the
support of Health Education England. They successfully advertised for a new
apprentice recruit and have also used the opportunity to upskill an existing
Trust member of staff utilising the apprenticeship levy.
“Working in collaboration with other local Trusts such as
Barnsley, Sheffield Children’s and Derby and Burton, we are hoping for a great
working relationship with a new apprenticeship Training Provider Skills
Training UK after the apprentices were enrolled in June.
“As a Trust we’ve expanded our offer of apprenticeships in
a variety of departments and will continue to support new and existing members
of staff with the funding available through the apprenticeship levy.”