The virtual event will offer under-represented communities, including Black minorities, ethnic, LGBTQI+, and people living with disabilities the opportunity to find employment with NHS Mental Health Trusts.
Leeds, UK – Touchstone has announced they will host their final Virtual Recruitment Event on November 23rd, 2023 in partnership with the NHS Mental Health Trusts (West Yorkshire) and West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership. The event will assist under-represented communities, including Black minorities, ethnic, LGBTQI+, and people living with disabilities in finding work with the NHS Mental Health Trusts in West Yorkshire. The event is free to attend, and interested parties can register here.
During the event, Touchstone and representatives from the NHS Trusts will share details with people who attend the recruitment fair about job opportunities in support work, cleaning, administration and nursing, and other roles such as HR and Communications. Attendees can browse virtual exhibit booths and chat with representatives from NHS Mental Health Trusts and Touchstone about job opportunities and what it’s like to work for the Trusts. In addition to this people will also be able to visit booths hosted by the National Careers Service, Leeds Volunteer Centre, NHS Employers, and Aspiring Allies.
Attendees may also attend webinars on topics discussing what it’s like to be a support worker in the NHS/charity sector, information on psychological professions, advice on interviewing skills and allied health professions.
This event is one in a series of recruiting events in partnership with Touchstone and NHS. Their most recent event, hosted in May 2023, saw 45 candidates interviewed, of which 87% were from Black and Minority Ethnicity (BME) backgrounds. Of the candidates interviewed, 44% went on to either gain a job or progress onto the second stage of the recruitment process. Touchstone and NHS look forward to achieving or surpassing these goals in their upcoming event.
“We are really committed to supporting people from under-represented communities to gain jobs within the NHS Mental Health Trusts, thereby supporting people to thrive in their chosen careers. By doing this it enables the NHS to provide an enhanced service to different communities,” said Emilie Akselsen, Recruitment and Inclusion Coordinator
“We are honoured to assist the Touchstone & NHS Mental Health Trusts in connecting underprivileged populations with open roles in the NHS and charity sector,” says Muhammad Younas, CEO at vFairs. “We look forward to seeing excellent outcomes from this event.”
Job candidates interested in attending the free event can learn more and register here.
About The Event
Touchstone has partnered with the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership to address and improve the workforce diversity and inclusion in NHS three mental health trusts in West Yorkshire: Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust, South-West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust and the Bradford District Care Foundation Trust.
The overarching aim of the project is to support people from diverse groups into roles with these trusts as follows:
- Offering one-to-one employment support
- Hosting four virtual, and four in-person NHS inclusive recruitment events during 2023.
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