Sussex Health & Care: Collaboration to Implement T-levels

6 April 2023 Dominic Martinez

Sussex Health & Care, supported by Gatsby, have produced a case study highlighting the value of a strategic and collaborative approach to the implementation of T-levels in the health and care sector.

T-levels are new post-16 qualifications developed in collaboration with employers, which enable students to develop the knowledge and technical skills they need to progress to skilled employment, apprenticeships or further study. Each T-level student completes a mandatory 45-day industry placement with an employer. 

With subjects including Health, Healthcare Science, and Science, as well as Digital and Management & Administration, T-levels prepare young people for a variety of career paths available across the health and care sector.

The case study outlines how their partnership approach has enabled the Sussex Integrated Care System to work with NHS organisations, health and care sector partners, councils, universities and T-level providers to help create a sustainable system for young people to enter the workforce.

As a Trust, we work closely with our local community and are excited to welcome T-level students into placements throughout our hospitals. We want to ensure that young people from all backgrounds and academic capabilities who want to work in healthcare have the opportunity to do so, and T-levels provide us with an opportunity to do that.
Cheryl Giles, Deputy Head of Nursing for Practice Development at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
T-levels are an excellent programme for students that facilitate practical skills and knowledge. They also enable a partnership between local colleges and Trusts. They are an opportunity to engage with young people who are looking for a career in healthcare and the wider workforce. The industry placements offer a route to grow our own workforce as well as being an opportunity to highlight Trust services and develop their professional values.
Barbara Gosden, Apprenticeships and Widening Participation lead at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

The report and video case study also look at some of the challenges and lessons learnt, and provide actionable recommendations for NHS Integrated Care Systems who are looking to embrace T-levels and bring in new talent from their local communities.