The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Meet Declan our first Intern in a Clinical Area

7 December 2022

Meet Declan, our first Intern in the Trust to be placed into a clinical role within our Phlebotomy department. 

Declan has recently been taken on as Intern as part of the SEARCH Project partnered with the Lighthouse Futures Trust. Project SEARCH is a transition to work programme committed to transforming the lives of young adults with a learning disability and autism or both. Declan will gain new skills whilst he is with the Phlebotomy department and will gain the experience necessary in order to train to become a trained phlebotomist by the end of the programme.

Declan answered some questions on his time in the Trust so far.. 

What made you join the programme?

I have always wanted to work in the NHS as I feel they have saved my life and I would now like to give the same back.

What have been your experiences within the Phlebotomy department so far, training into a clinical role?

Coming here has been a big learning curve. I have enjoyed working with the Phlebotomists and liaising with patients, assisting and directing them. Being here is teaching me a lot of new skills.

We also heard from the Team Leader at the LGI where Declan is currently based...

“Having Declan here is fantastic. He has a real energy for the NHS and is a credit to himself and the Lighthouse Futures Trust. We want to provide Declan with the skills he needs and give him experience of the clinical environment as he would like a future career in healthcare. He is a great advocate for our Leeds Way Values and demonstrates this in his daily work. We are grateful to be able to support this young person fulfil his dream of becoming a health care worker.”