Scarborough Hospital is helping students with a disability or learning disability to gain invaluable work experience through a national project called Project Choice.
The project involves a student from a local school or college taking part in a six-week work placement.
Aiden has been one of the best people that I have trained in the departmentPat Shannon
The Sterile Services Unit has taken on two learners – Aiden Cooper, 18, and Sophie Haw, 19.
Karen Porter, quality assistant for Sterile Services said: “We are delighted that our department was given the opportunity to pilot the project for the trust. It has been a fantastic experience for both the students and the department.
Aiden, pictured, has just completed his placement. He helped with tasks such as machine testing helping to ensure that sterilization levels were correct, carrying out final product inspection before scanning to despatch to departments to wards or theatres making sure they were correctly labelled, receiving deliveries, checking stock and delivering sets up to theatres.
Technician Pat Shannon said: “Aiden has been one of the best people that I have trained in the department. He has picked up everything straight away and he will be sorely missed by us all.”
Sophie, from Filey, is currently carrying out a work placement within the department.
Bosses are now looking to expand Project Choice into other areas of the trust.