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Project SEARCH  Autumn Update

We are approaching the end of a very busy term at Whipps Cross Hospital with our twelve interns  working hard in their first placements.  Former Whitefield student Mohammad is enjoying an exciting new role as a Catering Stores Operative, assisting with food preparation for the Patient Dining service.  Khalique, also previously at Whitefield, has excelled in his role as an Endoscopy Receptionist.  Former Joseph Clarke student Amit is working hard and showing excellent customer service in the Main Restaurant. 

Amit keeping the café spotless
Amit keeping the café spotless
Kalique doing paper work
Kalique hard at work


Fantastic new placements developed this term include Ward Support in the Forest Assessment Unit, Ward Clerk Assistant on Birch Ward, and administrative support roles within Imaging and Urology.  We also have a Medical Records Clerk, X-Ray Imaging Assistant, Food Stores Assistant, Linen Porter and Eat Well Shop Assistant.  As you can see, we have a wonderful array of placements where our interns are working hard and building new social and work skills!

Updates on our 2016-2017 group

We are delighted to share some great outcomes for our 2016 – 2017 Whipps Cross graduates.  Many interns are now employed at Whipps Cross, including former Whitefield Student Natti who is a Junior Facilities Administrator, former Joseph Clarke student Sofia who is a Serco Ward Host, Ayesha (Serco Ward Host), Oliver (Serco Catering Picker and Packer) and Josh (GP- X-Ray Imaging Assistant).  Mahdi is currently completing a Working Interview within Serco Domestics.  Some of our graduates have had success finding jobs with external employers, including former Whitefield student Paul who is employed as an Argos Warehouse Assistant and Jack who is working at Smyths Toystore.

Highlights this term

We have recently teamed up with the Barts Health Improving Working Lives team to pilot initiative that enhance our interns’ health, wellbeing and social lives.  This has included a weekly Circuit Training fitness class with DJ Khalique choosing the music! In December we will be heading to the West End to see the theatre show Wicked.  For our end of term Celebration a four course restaurant meal with live music has been organised and arranged for the interns.  Our interns have enjoyed the focus on their wellbeing and have started leading the Mindfulness exercises on a daily basis.

SEARCH graduates took part in the Whipps Cross centenary film
SEARCH graduates took part in the Whipps Cross centenary film

The 13th - 17th November saw a week of celebrations marking the centenary anniversary of the naming of Whipps Cross Hospital unveiled by the Duchess of York.  Project SEARCH have been very much involved in the events and six graduates took part in a film produced especially for the occasion saying “Happy Birthday Whipps Cross’

Well Done to intern Oliver for  receiving a hand written card from Alan Gurney, Executive Managing Director of Whipps Cross for displaying outstanding Barts Health Values whilst in GP X-Ray.  A real ambassador for Project SEARCH

Last year’s graduates were invited to the Barts Ability Awards Evening where Josh was chosen to talk about his Success story.

Project SEARCH at The Royal London Hospital

It has also been a busy term at the Royal London Hospital. Our eleven  interns have been working hard in their first placements which includes Medical Records Clerk, Patient Dining, Dental Records, Food Store Assistant, Domestics, Dental Records, Portering, Dental Receptionist. Exciting new placements include Fruit Trolley which involves complex tasks and delivering free fresh fruit to various wards across the hospital. One intern from Whitefield is working as a main coder for the hospital. This is a very responsible and important role as this is how the hospital receives its financial funding. We are in our second year now and developing new and innovative placements and the interns have been working hard to develop new work and social skills.

Updates on our 2016-2017 group

The first year at the Royal London Hospitalproved very successful, with many of our graduates in full time paid employment within Barts Health Trust at the Royal London Hospital. This includes Rahi (Elior Catering Assistant), Anthony (Serco Porter), Nivethen (Medical Laboratory Assistant), Safphre (Endoscopy Health Care Assistant) and Usman (Dental Outpatient receptionist). Some of the graduates have also found successful employment with their transferable skills that have been acquired on the programme such as John who is a labourer for a construction site based in Mooregate and Jamal who is a warehouse Operative for Pines and Needles distribution in Wembley.

This term

We had a very successful induction this term this included a company called Keepmoat who specialise in community work including interview practice for our interns from an interview panel. This years interns are also planning their Project SEARCH Christmas Office party for the last day of term which they our all excited in planning as a team. On the 8th of November, Michael Pantlin visited and met the interns who is the Director of Workforce for Barts Health Trust. On that same evening, the Barts Health Ability Community Living Award Ceremony took place. A big congratulations to Anthony Horne (graduate from last year) who is now employed as a Serco Porter and received the Star Award for his outstanding contribution in always using Barts Health visions and values in his everyday work.

The Community Living Award Ceremony