Trust ready for next group of "Chrysalis" students
project, a unique partnership between Southport and Ormskirk
Hospital NHS Trust and MANCAT, helps people obtain experience of
working in the NHS through tailor-made placements at the Trust. The
placements which are in a wide variety of clinical and
administrative areas, provide students with a valuable insight into
the complexity of NHS provision and enable them to become part of
the 'team' playing an active role in the delivery of treatment to
The new group of students will be joining the Trust on Wednesday 18
April 2007 for their two-week placement. They will be working in a
variety of departments within the hospitals including orthodontics,
pharmacy, the medical day unit, and several of the wards.
This is the third group of students who have worked at the Trust in
the last few months, with the last ones being here only last month,
and previous students have all said they have found it a very
worthwhile experience. As one student said:- "I cannot
describe in words how much I appreciate it [the placement]. I had a
great time and it has helped me so much". And another
added:- "I think it is a perfect opportunity for students like
us who have never had the experience to work in the NHS.... It has
made a very drastic improvement to me personally."
Several have now gone on to gain places at local universities to
study different medical disciplines including pharmacology and
Sharon Partington, Director of Human Resources at the Trust
commenting about the project said:- "The main aim of the
Chrysalis project is to offer help to socially excluded groups
within society, such as the long-term unemployed, single parents,
immigrants and the homeless. The initial stages of the project have
focused on oversees students but as experience grows the diversity
of the groups will also expand.
Students undergo a rigorous selection procedure and receive
dedicated pre-placement preparation through a series of workshops
that ready them for work in the NHS.
Eventually, it is planned that through a regional and national
network of partner Trusts and other employers that Chrysalis will be
able to offer successful students a guaranteed job and a foot on the
There is no payment for students on the placements but they gain a
very valuable experience of working (not shadowing) alongside NHS
staff in a Trust rated as one of the best acute Trust's in the
country. Successful students are also awarded a coveted certificate
of participation that acts as a quality reference from an NHS
employer which gives students a big advantage when seeking work in
UNISON VICTORY FOR UK’S FIRST AGE DISCRIMINATION CASE
Police have released CCTV pictures of youths they would like to
speak to in connection with an assault in Liverpool City Centre.
At about 4.25pm on Saturday 17 March
2007 a 21 year old pregnant woman was near to McDonalds, in the food
court, at the St. Johns Shopping Centre. It is believed that a girl
wearing a red t-shirt, pushed the pregnant woman who was standing in
the queue. She threw ice cream at her, hitting her on the head.
The victim turned to confront the offender and was then pushed to
the ground. A group of male and female youths who were believed to
be with the offender kicked and punched the victim.
The four girls, shown in the CCTV
picture are then believed to have left the scene, heading in the
direction of Elliott Street. They then left the city on the number
86 bus. They got off the bus near to the Smithdown Road ASDA store.
The victim received bruising, but wasn't seriously injured, she was
however left shocked by the incident.
It is believed that the main offender is about 15 years old.
Anyone who can identify the girls in the CCTV or who witnessed the
incident is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.