Clinical graduate programme launches offering progression route into orthotics
Newcastle-based Peacocks Medical Group has announced the launch of this year’s clinical graduate programme.
The company is attracting top talent from across the UK to build their careers in three locations nationally, as it develops its workforce of the future.
Jaska Stewart, Lavinia Nkomo, Maeve Cassidy and Elidh Geddes will join the graduate programme in July.
Jaska will be working at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, Lavinia and Meave will be at Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, and Elidh will be based across the NHS Foundation Trusts in the North East.
The two-year programme will offer the graduates a progression route into orthotics.
Each graduate has studied at either Salford or Strathcylde universities, the only two universities in the UK to currently offer a degree in prosthetics and orthotics. They will work alongside senior orthotists and will gain experience across a number of multidisciplinary teams.
Peacocks Medical Group provides care in the delivery of both clinical services and medical equipment to the NHS and the private sector, nationally.
Operating across the UK, Peacocks Medical Group provides orthotic clinical services, orthoses and custom-made footwear. Within these services, it prescribes and provides devices that support, protect or improve the function of a limb or the torso.
Rachel Seller, HR and Clinical Director at Peacocks Medical Group, said: “We want young people entering the company to be proactive in their thinking and be solutions-focused.
“From day one, they will each be assigned a mentor and a supervisor in a clinic, so they are supported as they gain hands-on experience and clinical competence, as well as gaining structured softer skills and business skills development.
“As we future plan, we want to grow the team smartly and this will also include continued investment in new technology. Better ways of using systems will naturally increase productivity and it is crucial all new starters learn the multi-skills needed within the organisation and become more business aware by understanding data, having financial and commercial skills, as well as understanding the NHS environment and the needs of frontline staff.”
Peacocks has provided career progression routes for many of its employees, one of whom is Senior Orthotist Scott McNab.
He said: “I joined the company as a graduate in 2013, progressing to trust lead orthotist for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, sub-managing a group of six orthotists and working with the Trust on commercial aspects of its relationship with Peacocks.
“Throughout my career, Peacocks has worked to continually develop my clinical knowledge and to help further my professional skills as needed for each role I move into. It has actively provided me many opportunities to explore the world of orthotics beyond that of the day-to-day clinic.”
Scott recently shared an article in AT Today detailing his career progression from a graduate to Senior Orthotist at Peacocks Medical Group.