We are working with the NHS Foundation Trust and Business Partners to provide young people with learning disabilities to gain the skills they need to get meaningful paid jobs.
The Project SEARCH Transition Programme started at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1996. Today Project SEARCH has over 500 licensed programmes spanning 47 US states, 9 countries and in multiple public and private sector industries. It is a business-led, one-year work-preparation programme for young people with learning disabilities and autism spectrum conditions and participants are enrolled while transitioning from education to work. The hallmark of Project SEARCH is total workplace immersion, which facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on skills training. Project SEARCH’s primary objective is to secure competitive employment for every program participant.
DFN Project SEARCH holds the Master Franchise Agreement for Project SEARCH programmes in the UK, Ireland and Iberia and our unique programmes include those that have been established in England, Ireland, Portugal, Scotland and Wales in various prestigious employers such as Hospitals, Local Authorities, Universities, Laboratories and a variety of Private Sector Businesses. In 2017 over 61 % of our European Graduates moved into paid employment of more than 16 hours per week compared to the UK average of just 6% for people with learning disabilities in employment of any kind.
We have over 20 NHS programmes within the UK and more signing up with the programme this year. See below the list of whom we are currently working with and their details.
List of sites
|Barts Health NHS Trust – Newham University||2015||2nd Floor West Wing, Newham Dockside, 1000 Dockside Road, Newham, E16 2QU||London Borough of Newham|
|Barts Health NHS Trust – Royal London||2016||MacDonald Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4AZ||Whitefield Academy Trust|
|Barts Health NHS Trust – Whipps Cross||2013||MacDonald Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4AZ||Whitefield Academy Trust|
|Bradford Teaching Hospitals – Royal Infirmary||2013||Haycliffe Lane, Bradford, BD5 0ET||The Southfield Grange Trust|
|Chelsea and Westminster Hospital||2018||369 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9NH||Queens Mill School|
|City Hospital, Nottingham||2011||Foxwood Academy Derby Road, Bramcote, Nottingham, NG9 3GF||Foxwood Academy|
|Derriford Hospital, Plymouth||2010||Derriford Hospital, Derriford Road, Crown Hill, Plymouth, PL6 8DH||Plymouth NHS Trust – Derriford Hospital|
|Eastbourne District General Hospital||2014||Sussex Downs College, Ecat House, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne, BN21 2UF||Sussex Downs College|
|Great Ormond Street Hospital||2016||Camden Council, 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG||Camden Council|
|Homerton University Hospital||2018||Homerton Row, London E9 6SR||Hackney Borough Council|
|Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust and Sodexo – Charing Cross||2016||Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ||Brent Council / College of North West London|
|Northwick Park Hospital||2017||Watford Road , London, Middlesex, HA1 3UJ||Harrow College|
|Pinderfields Hospital||2017||Aberford Road, Wakefield WF1 4DG||Highfields School|
|Moorfields Eye Hospital||2018||162 City Road, London EC1V 2PD||Move Forward|
|Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton||2015||Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY||Somerset County Council|
|Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital||2008||City College Norwich, Ipswich Road, Norwich Norfolk, NR2 2LJ||City College Norwich|
|Northern Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple||2013||Devon County Council, The Rowans, Hospital Lane, Whipton, Exeter, EX1 3RB||Devon County Council|
|Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading||2012||Sage Road, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 6SW||Brookfield School|
|Royal United Hospital, Bath||2009||Avon Street, Bath, BA1 1UP||Bath College|
|St. George’s Hospital, London||2012||Cricket Green School, Lower Green W, Mitcham, Merton, CR4 3AF||Cricket Green School|
|University Hospital North Midlands||2018||UHNM NHS Trust, Royal Stoke University Hospital, Newcastle Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 6QG||Blackfriars Academy/Shaw Education Trust|
|Royal Calderdale||2017||Princess Building, 18 Princess Street, Halifax, HX1 1TP||Calderdale Council|
|Yeovil District Hospital||2013||Somerset County Council County Hall Taunton Somerset, TA1 4DY||Somerset County Council|
|North Middlesex Hospital||2019||Sterling Way, London N18 1QX||London Borough of Ealing|
|The Whittington Hospital||2019||151 Park Road, London N8 8JD ·||Ambitious about Autism|