Trust assessors foster a new generation of NHS managers

Date: 04 December 2016

Education Centre
Members of the assessor scheme

Part of providing high quality treatment and care at our Trust is having a workforce with the right skills, and giving our staff equal access to training and development. National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) assessors deliver this through a Trust-wide assessor scheme in addition to their normal duties.

‘The Trust NVQ assessor training scheme opens the gateway for people who want to progress their career by allowing them to build new skills whilst they continue working,’ explains Carol Swindell, who has been running the Trust’s NVQ assessor programme for more than six years. ‘This helps our staff take their NHS careers further, ultimately yielding sustainable, high-quality clinical care for our patients.

Helen Beaney, who works as a projects midwife in the Women’s and Children’s Directorate, has assessed 25 staff during her 11 years as an assessor. ‘My work as an NVQ assessor is one of the most rewarding parts of my role. I provide support and encouragement to help staff to demonstrate evidence of the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their role at the Trust. This is key to building stronger self-belief and strengthened confidence for their future development.’

The Assessor scheme is open to anyone employed by the Trust who is vocationally competent in their specialist area. Candidates who become NVQ Assessors play a key role in mentoring and supporting those studying to attain a Level 2 or 3 NVQ as a clinical support worker, amongst a range of other clinical and non-clinical posts.

  • Summary:

    Part of providing high quality treatment and care at our Trust is having a workforce with the right skills.