50 years: Lisa Slevin considers the impact of work-based learning

2019 marks Eastwood Park’s 50th year of delivering its specialist technical training for engineers and estates & facilities management teams - a significant milestone to reach.

Lisa Slevin, Eastwood Park’s Learning & Development Manager considers the impact work-based initiatives have made, which sit alongside Eastwood Park’s ‘regular’ schedule of short training courses.

“I joined Eastwood Park in 2011 to develop a new approach to work-based learning for the healthcare market following the expiry of NVQs. Since then, I have seen work-based learning transform from delivering purely competence-based programmes, to a much wider range of options, both academic and vocational, from levels 3-6.

“For example, most recently I have worked closely on the development and delivery of our specialist degree programmes. These are unique to the industry and have been developed in line with the NHS Estates and FM Workforce Strategy and professional body feedback, which had identified that “generic” degrees did not adequately cover the context, technologies, specialist services, patient safety issues and regulations required in hospitals.

“Time and time again, Eastwood Park demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the provision of work-based learning to the healthcare sector and has continued to invest in what’s right for the industry.

“Continuing this theme, we have recently been actively working with the Institute for Apprenticeships, existing trailblazers and a group of employers to establish the feasibility of dedicated hospital engineering apprenticeships - this includes degree apprenticeships.

“I take great pride in the strong relationships we have with a number of partners and we actively seek out relationships with universities, professional bodies and employers to ensure that we are always moving forward with what the industry needs.”

Currently, Eastwood Park delivers 3 unique healthcare engineering degrees in partnership with Staffordshire University, with over 50 organisations having benefited from the newly qualifies employees so far.

Also, delivered in partnership with Dynamic Training, is a Diploma in healthcare science - sterile services pathway (L2) and Diploma in healthcare science - clinical engineering (L2).