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Doncaster College Opens its doors to Support Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals

Posted: 3rd June 2020

Doncaster College has been working with Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH), to offer large training premises to enable vital inductions to take place during the covid-19 pandemic.


The Hub is currently being used as a training centre twice a week to help DBTH induct new staff until the end of June and in a safe environment. An average induction could see numbers range from 12 to 36 people per cohort. The inductions cover statutory essential training (SET) requirements, the organisational values, and fundamental skills that staff need to deliver safe and efficient care. There is also an additional layer of role-specific training included, which is tailored to different professions.


Alasdair Strachan (Director of Education and Research) said: ”Inductions are vital for ensuring that all members of Team DBTH are equipped with the right skills and appropriate knowledge they need to perform their duties. Even during this period of great hardship, it is still important that we are able to deliver our robust education programme, so that new colleagues can safely provide excellent care. Of course, social distancing measures have made this more difficult than ever, as we now struggle to deliver inductions to multiple learners at once.

”Yet with the help of our colleagues at Doncaster College, we now have access to a larger venue that will help us meet demand whilst also keeping everyone safe. We are extremely grateful for this timely support, as it will make a huge difference to our workforce levels by helping us get more colleagues ready for the front-line.”

The campus was an ideal space to be able to adhere to the social distancing measures to deliver the induction training, to meet the needs of the number of people wanting to join Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospital.

Kathryn Dixon (Director of Health and Creative at Doncaster College and University Centre) said, “It has been a privilege as a partner governor to support DBTH during the COVID 19 crisis and to ensure Health Care Assistants have been trained to deal head on with Coronavirus using our college resources to support them.

We cannot repay the work of our NHS but where possible we can step forward to support them in any way we can.”

The College has also been supporting the local community with a variety of support which has included the manufacturing of face shields and providing much needed PPE.