Employability case study: Pat Lynch – Clinical Support Worker


More than 800 people have secured jobs as clinical support workers with NHS Lanarkshire after completing a partnership programme with New College Lanarkshire.

And Pat Lynch from Cumbernauld has recently joined their ranks after completing an eight-week Employability Fund programme.

Pat enrolled in the ‘Clinical Support Worker – Stage 4’ course after being made redundant from his job in a factory.

He completed four weeks of classroom-based study at our Hamilton Campus, undertaking units in employability, clinical settings, basic life support (BLS), manual handling and IOSH Managing Safely.

The second half of the course involved a four-week work placement in a clinical setting, at the end of which Pat was encouraged to apply for a full-time post – and his application was successful.

The 61-year-old said: “I completed the course in September, and within two days of being registered with the NHS’s staff bank I was getting text messages about work.

“It was brilliant getting experience of lots of different wards at Monklands Hospital, then in November I was offered a permanent job.

“Through doing the course, you complete a four-week placement and the staff who are working on the wards see that you can do it.

“The staff who I work with on the ward are great – we’re working with elderly patients, and it can be hectic, but everyone works well together.”

Jane Redmond, Employability Officer at New College Lanarkshire, said: “Pat had been a support worker a number of years ago and was very keen to get back into that field of work but didn’t know how or where to start.

“The Clinical Support course is a great employability opportunity that is run in partnership between New College Lanarkshire’s Business Development team and NHS Lanarkshire.

“This course is designed to help and support those who are unemployed transition to work within a clinical setting.

“The course is now in its 17th year and continues to grow each year.

“It has successfully trained more than 1,000 students, with more than 800 of those gaining employment in the NHS and many progressing on to further training or even a career in nursing.

“Such is the demand that New College Lanarkshire now runs four courses over the year, with 20 students on each course.”

Anthony Butler, a Practice Education Facilitator at NHS Lanarkshire, said: “The Clinical Support Worker course is a fantastic opportunity for those who want to start a career in healthcare.

“The programme is designed to introduce all the fundamental knowledge and skills required to work as a healthcare support worker.

“Successful completion of the programme offers the opportunity to be considered to join NHS Lanarkshire’s Staff Bank and the relevant exposure to healthcare that employers are looking for.”

New College Lanarkshire works with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to deliver a range of Employability Fund programmes to support local people into work.

Applications are currently open for a Clinical Support Worker – Stage 4 course starting on January 27th.

The full-time course, which will be delivered at Law Hospital near Carluke, guarantees an interview for all students who successfully complete the eight-week programme.

Applicants must be aged 18 or over and live in North or South Lanarkshire.

Read more about our Employability courses here:

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