A pioneering employment initiative in Bradford, delivered in collaboration with Generation Medics and Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership, has taken the spotlight at a prestigious national NHS event held in London.

Focused on dismantling employment barriers, this project has attracted attention for its innovative strategies and concrete results in tackling unemployment and local healthcare workforce shortages, while simultaneously improving the overall quality of life for residents of Bradford and Craven. This aligns perfectly with the NHS’s commitment not only to providing healthcare but also to contributing to the socio-economic advancement of communities.

The “NHS Big Pitch” event convened policymakers, healthcare professionals, industry leaders, and stakeholders from around the UK to explore innovative approaches to NHS challenges.

The ‘Generation Medics Bradford’ employment project represents a joint endeavour between the acclaimed social enterprise Generation Medics and Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership. The project received prominent attention at the Generation Medics exhibition stand and was presented to Sir Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of NHS England, alongside other key healthcare figures.

Attendees had the opportunity to delve into the project’s goals, success stories, and its impact on the local health and social care workforce and economy.

“We are thrilled to have been selected to showcase our ‘Generation Medics Bradford’ workforce programme alongside our other projects at this national event. It was an opportunity for West Yorkshire to be front and centre on the national stage.” said Dr Hinnah Rafique, Founder of Generation Medics and NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow.

“Our initiative has made significant strides in empowering individuals, joining the dots between other local projects and transforming the lives of individuals in Bradford District and Craven. We are excited to share our success and insights with a broader audience.”

Cllr Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for education, employment and skills, said: “This community-focused employment programme by Generation Medics is already demonstrating its value with outstanding success for local residents, some of whom have been out of work for years and are facing multiple barriers into employment.

“It offers our residents not just the support to get into medical and healthcare jobs, but pathways to meaningful careers right here in our neighbourhoods while also signposting them to other local support services they may need.”