Joint NHS scheme helps Lincoln Green residents into work

Written: 02 June 2020

Lincoln Green residents stood outside St James

Employment and Skills Leeds has set up a partnership with one of Leeds' main anchor institutes - The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. We are working closely with St James's Hospital, part of The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, creating a scheme that bridges the employment needs for the hospital with job opportunities for local residents.

The project, founded in 2018, supports communities in some of Leeds' most deprived areas, helping residents gain employment within St James's Hospital. The purpose of the scheme is to help fill NHS vacancies whilst ensuring St James's Hospital becomes a major employer for local residents living adjacent to the hospital.

Launching in 2018, the first cohort of 50 people from the areas closest to St James’s Hospital - Lincoln Green, Burmantofts and Harehills - who applied for jobs through the scheme, have been offered roles, including five as nurses and clinical support workers.

Alongside this, the hospital has come together with Leeds City Council, universities, colleges and other NHS organisations to form an Anchor Institution Network to support the health and wellbeing of people locally by addressing the causes of poverty and ill health.

Michelle Stanley, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, Staff Support Development Manager, said:

"This project has allowed us to extend and implement the Leeds Way values beyond the hospital walls to support people within our local communities into employment."

Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council executive board member for learning, skills and employment said: “Our anchor institutions employ over 48,000 people across the city, spend hundreds of millions of pounds and deliver vital services. By working together we can have a big impact on local communities and economies, ensuring that people are in secure and decent employment. This project is one example of where our inclusive growth ambitions have been realised.

“It is fantastic to see so many local people benefiting from this latest scheme and shows the great results we can achieve when we work together.”

Alongside St James's Hospital, Employment and Skills Leeds are reviewing ways to continue the project whilst also assessing how the scheme could be expanded across some of Leeds' most deprived areas.