A new recruitment campaign by NHS Grampian and the School of Health Sciences at The Robert Gordon University aims to attract desperately-needed professionals back into the NHS by making it easier for them to renew their skills.
This initiative is the result of a successful funding bid by the partner organisations to the Scottish Government. The monies have been used to develop a user-friendly web-based 'tool' designed to help former Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) to return to work. The tool is a confidential self-assessment package that can be accessed from home, libraries, NHS buildings etc via the internet at no cost.
Every year many highly skilled professionals leave the NHS to raise families or to have career breaks. In the professions of dietetics, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, podiatry, physiotherapy and radiography, this is a significant problem given that the majority of the workforce is female. However, there often comes a time when these former professionals think about resuming their careers but feel that they are too 'de-skilled' to do so. They often say that they "don't know what they don't know" anymore!
By accessing the Right Skills @ the Right Time tool, individuals can identify gaps in their knowledge or skills and use the available resources to begin to address these gaps prior to returning to the workforce. Equally, they may realise that there are many areas where they do not have any gaps, and this might just be the confidence booster that they need to take that first step back into the workforce.
The Tool is in its early stages and will continue to be developed over the coming months as feedback from users is collected.
For further information on the Right Skills @ the Right Time please contact:
Jane Reid at RGU on 01224 263268 or http://campus.rgu.com/rightskills