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My experience of working at Virgin Care as part of the NHS Graduate Management Scheme

My name is Jaskiran and I joined the NHS Graduate Management Scheme in 2018 on the HR stream. Prior to this, I became a fully qualified teacher and spent the past three years teaching science in secondary schools. I graduated from the University of Kent with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences in 2015. I then joined the NHS scheme as I wanted to make a positive impact on the healthcare system and utilise some of my biomedical knowledge. As my passion is developing people’s knowledge and skills, which for me is highly rewarding, the HR stream was an obvious choice. The scheme is two years long and includes three placements, completing a Postgraduate Diploma in HR Management (CIPD level 7) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership. My long-term plan is to pursue a career in Learning and Development as this area of HR truly excites me. Outside of work, I enjoy skiing, cycling, playing tennis, going to the gym and travelling.

I chose Virgin Care as my flexi-placement as I wanted to broaden my experience in a different setting to the NHS and see how things are done differently. This opportunity allows me to gain an insight in The Learning Enterprise team who strive to enhance patient care through developing employees. The placement provides me the opportunity to learn from leaders within the organisation and to hone my skillset and knowledge so I develop professionally and personally.  My attraction to Virgin Care is its innovative approach to delivering health and care services. Additionally, the company’s passion for delivering high quality care to make a positive difference resonates with me.

Whilst here, I am working on a range of different things including some work around introducing Level 6 and Level 7 apprenticeship programmes, co-delivering some of the apprenticeship seminars and designing some resources for an apprenticeship programme. Additionally, I am reviewing the new starter experience and assisting in updating the The Learning Enterprise website and The Learning Enterprise page on Jam, which is our staff internal intranet website.

One of my favourite activities here is speaking to those on apprenticeship programmes. This gives me an opportunity to understand first-hand how they are finding it. I have thoroughly enjoyed observing the delivery of a range of apprenticeship seminars and I have been really impressed by the high quality sessions that have really engaged those attending. My time here has enabled me to gain a greater understanding of the healthcare system from a different perspective and I now see how we do things differently here to bring about a more efficient way of delivering high quality care. I would definitely recommend the company to future graduate trainees seeking a flexi-placement as I have had such a positive experience. I have learnt a lot which I’ll be able to take back into the NHS on my next placement at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Individually and collectively these experiences have provided me with information that I believe will be invaluable in my future roles. I have no doubt that my greater awareness of the health and care system will benefit me now and in the future. Thank you Virgin Care for such a fantastic opportunity!

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