Jane Eyre is Lead Learning Rep with UNISON at the Blackpool Victoria Hospital and has been using the National Numeracy Challenge to support hundreds of workers improve their maths skills over recent years.
Jane is really proud of the work that she has done to promote maths skills and between 2016 and 2018 over 720 staff at the hospital engaged with the resources provided by National Numeracy – this was over 10% of the entire workforce.
Jane has been working in partnership with Learning and Development at the Trust and attends Healthcare Certificate days on a monthly basis, where she encourages the healthcare assistants to take up the Challenge and keep on learning.
Jane explained that her own fear of maths had initially inspired her to have a go at the National Numeracy Challenge – which she completed and now helps others including Healthcare Assistants if they are struggling to with numeracy.
Staff improving their numeracy skills allows them to potentially achieve better jobs and better wages, but it is more then this and there will also be better patient care and staff are happier in their jobs.”
At the moment Jane is looking at progression routes for staff that have taken the Challenge and are interested in building their skills further. She is trying to arrange for these staff to be allowed to take a test paper and their exams in Level 2 Foundation Skills in Numeracy.
Jane explained the benefits of this qualification and the wider importance of improving maths skills now:
Once a Healthcare Assistant has achieved this it will allow them to apply for nursing jobs.”
The staff involved with National Numeracy are mainly in the lower banded staff like Healthcare Assistants, Domestics and Estates staff. With Band 1 being removed this year and staff moving to Band 2 it is important that they are ready and equipped for the move – and improving their numeracy skills is vital.”
If you what to try out the National Numeracy Challenge during unionlearns #MathsWorkout Week, or any other time, just click on the link here and give it a go.