NHS Graduate, Jordan Wall, reflects on his placement with Attain

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Attain are proud to offer NHS Graduates a work placement for eight weeks, to understand how we work with the NHS to improve health and wellbeing.

We asked Jordan Wall about his experience with the Attain team and here he reveals what his favourite aspects were and what he’s learned.

What did you want to get out of your experience with Attain?

Eight weeks isn’t long! So, when selecting a placement, I wanted something where I could get involved from the outset. What immediately attracted me to Attain were the words “rigour”, “impact” and “values driven”.

Alongside this, I had given myself two core aims. First, to gain a new perspective on healthcare and second, to work with a patient focused organisation to gain a better understanding of service transformation, strategy and the commercial element.

After initial conversations and the interview process, I could clearly see that Attain would offer me an opportunity to meet my goals, and more! I expressed my intention of wanting to be given responsibility and come away having added value to both Attain, the NHS and care delivery. This was fully supported by Attain and my line manager.

What were the highlights of your placement?

There were three things that really stood out for me.

The People and Values

One of my main reasons for choosing Attain as my placement was their focus on values and long-term partnerships; and I can say wholeheartedly that I haven’t been let down. Every single member of the team has been extremely welcoming and quite clearly live the Attain ethos. The passion demonstrated throughout is infectious!. I don’t feel like I have been treated as a graduate but more as a team member, not just a student but also someone that can be asked questions. My opinion on particular pieces of work have been heard. I’ve been asked my thoughts and ideas on pieces of work, which been great and has made me feel valued.

Outcomes

I was given responsibility to construct and deliver a client facing market analysis document and presentation to help lead the next stage of a procurement process for a Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Service. This meant that I left Attain having achieved one of my core objectives.

Learning

The learning atmosphere is excellent, and it is testament to the people and values. The diversity of backgrounds, experiences and expertise is vast; anyone, from any team is willing to offer up their knowledge and collaborate to help the overall company aim.

What was your favourite aspect?

Doing something new and learning about procurement through the commercial team. I’ve been exposed to the environment, travelling up and down the country with the commercial team, who have shown me the ins and outs of procurement (Commissioning & Acute).

Before arriving at Attain, it was an area which I knew very little about. Having completed the scheme, I now understand the benefits different procurement methods can have on care quality, choice, clinical outcomes and efficiencies.

What have you learnt from your experiences?

The benefits of a rigorous approach to any line of work you do. At Attain, everyone is committed to producing high standards of work and delivering positive outcomes. I’ve learnt about teamwork  – everyone is dedicated in a learning environment with healthy challenge and work is collaborative.

Would you recommend Attain’s graduate scheme?

100%! I was given the right balance of support and responsibility during my time at Attain. I’ve been encouraged to get involved in things, see projects and meet teams. I have been made to feel valued and a true member of Attain, through company training days and team meetings.

At the start of the process I thought eight-weeks was a short amount of time to achieve something and have an impact. However, not only has it flown by, but I have achieved a lot and have greatly developed my knowledge of healthcare delivery organisations.

I will be promoting Attains graduate scheme at our NHS feedback session!

If you’re interested in gaining experience with us in 2020, contact us for more information.