Barnsley Hospital has welcomed its first supported intern to the Trust to gain experience within the Library and Resource Centre.

Supported internships are a structured study programme based primarily at an employer. They enable young people with an impairment or disability to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace.

Daniel Crossfield, from Normanton, combines his studying of Libraries, Archives, Records and Information Services Course at Barnsley College with four days per week experience in the workplace.

“I enjoy coming to work every day and doing different jobs,” said Daniel.

“Everyone has made me feel welcome. I feel that I’ve built confidence up by asking people for help if needed. I enjoy working In the library and would like to work in a library in the future.”

Daniel is no stranger to the demands of the library and undertakes plenty of roles and responsibilities including processing returned books, distributing letters to new employees, creating display boards and playing an important part in the recent ‘Libraries Week’ project.

“The Trust already has a structured and embedded apprenticeship programme, however we wanted to remove barriers preventing us from accessing all young people who have potential, the supported  internship allowed us to do this,” said Theresa Rastall, Head of Learning and Development.

“Daniel has been an excellent addition to the team, he is enthusiastic in his work, and he is eager to learn new skills and has a superb sense of humour.

“Although Daniel has only been with us a matter of weeks he has made such an impact that we have already received a request from another area within the trust who would like to support an intern.

“We look forward to supporting Daniel over the coming months to complete his qualification and continue to gain work skills.”

Natalie Grosvenor, Executive Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, explained how pleasing it was to have Daniel on board and  the value of the Trust providing avenues for local people in starting their career.

She said: “I was delighted to meet Daniel and see how he had settled in to the Barnsley team, gaining confidence and flourishing as a new member of Barnsley Hospital so enthusiastically.
“I’m incrediblly proud of Daniel and also the contribution made by those involved and the commitment they have demonstrated in ensuring that Daniel has been made to feel welcome and involved in what we do.

“The healthcare sector can be a complicated and daunting experience for any new starter and this demonstration of collaborative working to ensure the success of our first supported intern is a true reflection of how we want to encourage the organisation to be for all our people.

“The enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by Daniel combined with an empathic, kind and organised way of working in the Library team, is a true demonstration of the Values that we want to promote to improve the staff experience for Barnsley. Well Done to Daniel for the contribution he has made so far.”