Royal recognised for work in
community on Merseyside
THE Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen
University Hospitals NHS Trust and Carillion have been recognised nationally for
helping to build stronger Merseyside communities.
The Trust has been shortlisted in the Health Service Journal's Improving
Environmental and Social Sustainability category for the work it does alongside
Carillion to support local employment, benefit local businesses and provide
valuable work placements and apprenticeships.
The HSJ Awards recognise achievements across the NHS. This year 1412 entries
were submitted with 229 being shortlisted for an award.The Improving Environmental and Social Sustainability award received 20 entries,
with 9 being shortlisted.
Since work began in February 2014, 2,412 local workers have been employed on
site, with 575 of those workers coming from local areas with high unemployment
rates. 115 apprenticeships and 176 work experience placements have also been
provided on site.
As part of the Liverpool Community Fund, which
was set up by Carillion as part of the deal for the new Royal, 80 local
organisations have shared £100,000, over 3 years, helping them to promote
healthy living, building stronger communities, cleaner, safer, greener
communities and education.
The latest round of funding went to 28 projects who shared £33,330. Among the
successful bids was Genie in the Gutter who run a family intervention project to
reconnect substance misusers with their families. Carillion has established a
number of successful schemes including 2 upskilling programmes, developed with Liverpool Community College and more
recently UCATT to provide local people with refresher health and safety
training, and help them back into work. From these courses, 20 people have been
employed, some on the new Royal site, some at Carillion's Anfield project and
2 went on to careers working for Jaguar Land Rover.
Carillion has also been working closely with HMP Kennet to provide ex-offenders
with skills to help them find employment. From the 2015 intake, three people
applied for NVQ courses and one has since been promoted to a role as supervisor.
From the 2016 programme 24 passed their Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Health and Safety test.
Ian Stenton, head of sustainability at the Royal, said:- "The new Royal
sustainable communities programme has really impacted local people throughout
the course of the construction project. It's targeted people furthest from the
labour market and has delivered training, skills and jobs. In addition, the
Trust and Carillion continue to work to support local community organisations
and leave a lasting legacy from the project."
Simon Webb, project lead for Carillion on the new Royal, said:- "Carillion
wanted to ensure that they left a lasting legacy after the completion of the
Royal and the Community programmes that we have been involved in with the Trust
will ensure that this is the case."