Only one month left to go until the results of this year’s BIBA Awards are announced!

Earlier this year, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals were shortlisted in two nominations categories, Education Establishment of the year and Apprentice of the year and on Friday, 15th September, we found out if the Trust have been successful.

The BIBAs (Best in Business Awards), organised by the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, are the county’s longest running and most prestigious business award programme.

The recognition reflects the incredible work that our education staff perform, with the Trust being only one of two registered training providers for apprenticeships in the North West.

Results speak for themselves. Over the past twelve months, our Apprenticeship achievement rates have been outstanding.

In the 2021/22 the Learner Mentor Apprenticeship had a 81.9% pass rate, compared to the national average of 43.8% with these results continuing to grow.

In April, this year, the course celebrated two of its students, Chloe Bullen and Wendy Weaver, being the first in the country to achieve a 100% in their end point assessments.

The Senior Healthcare Support Worker carries similar results, with LTH boasting an achievement rate of 82.1%, compared to the national average of 52.9%

These results are reflected in the Trust’s recent Ofsted result, awarding an overall ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ aspects, making LTH one of only 13 NHS Trusts in the country (and the only Trust in Lancashire) to carry a good or outstanding grade.

This is in addition to the incredible education facilities on offer to learners and students, which were, only last week, heralded by Manchester Medical School in their annual performance review of the Trust’s educational delivery.

Some of these state-of-the-art facilities include; a simulation suite, a clinical skills labs and a virtual reality room, allowing students and apprentices unique experiences that they would not necessarily have at another trust.

When asked what the award would mean to her team, Jacqueline Higham, Head of Widening Participation & Apprenticeships, said:

“Winning a prestigious BIBA award would validate the excellent standard of education that we strive to deliver. It would recognise the dedication and commitment that the team put into supporting their apprentices to achieve their potential. In addition, it would also support us to promote the quality of our provision and our achievements which will go some way in helping us achieve our organisational objectives of expanding our delivery portfolio and delivering to other employers in the NHS and healthcare sector.”

The awards ceremony is to be held in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom and we could not be more proud nor appreciative, regardless of the results.