NHS Programmes

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

Site Begun in Address Partner
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
Please contact us for more information at info@projectsearch.org

Deputy Head of Corporate Affairs in Estates, Facilities and PFI Teresa Platt said:
“A few of the benefits of the programme for the students include participation in a variety of internships, acquisition of job skills, increased independence, confidence and self-esteem. The Trust will also benefit by including a diverse workforce with skills for our labour needs, increased recognition through marketing of this unique programme and improved performance and retention in hard to fill posts.”