Apprentices among first to graduate in the country
Two apprentices from Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust are among the first in the country to graduate from a new clinical apprenticeship and have passed with flying colours.
Assistant practitioners Leanne Jones and Daniel Geddes recently completed the Level 5 Practitioner Apprenticeship and both achieved a distinction.
They are flying the flag for North Lincolnshire as the first staff from the Trust to graduate from this course, which included both academic and clinical skills.
It comes ahead of National Apprenticeship Week which will take place from Monday March 4 to Friday March 8.
The Trust has more than 300 apprentices and offers 29 different programmes and levels including in health, pharmacy, business, estates, accountancy, digital marketing, management and HR from Entry Level 2 up to Level 7 MBA.
The pair funded themselves during the first year of the course before going on to do the apprenticeship in the second year.
This was where the clinical side of things came in and they took part in shadowing work out in the community, honing their skills and learning the ropes.
The pair achieved the equivalent of two years of training in just six months and both graduated in February.
Leanne and Daniel were both working as Macmillan healthcare assistants before undertaking this apprenticeship.
They are now working out in the community for the West District Nursing Team covering half of the Scunthorpe area and the Isle of Axholme.
Leanne said: “We had to learn all the skills from scratch. At the end of it, we had to do an exam, observations, a reflective journal and an interview. It has been really, really good.”
Daniel said: “We did not have any clinical skills before doing this apprenticeship. We have learnt about venepuncture, catheterisation and compression. I love my job.”
District nurse Cheryl Jewell said: “They have both worked exceptionally hard. “I was a student district nurse when they joined. We have all been on this journey together. They have come on leaps and bounds and it is lovely to see them both flourish.”
Leanne and Daniel described Cheryl as their “guardian angel” for all the support she has given them during their journey.
The pair said they would both like to progress to nursing if the opportunity arises for them to complete more studying.
Leanne added: “The apprenticeship is a great idea because of the skills and knowledge you gain and the support network. It is an added bonus that you can complete it in your working hours and you still get your wage.”
They both studied the initial part of the course at North Lindsey College in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University.
Rachel Maguire, head of people development, said: “I am delighted with Leanne and Daniel’s success. They have worked extremely hard and this is demonstrated in their high level knowledge and skills which are supporting them to deliver quality patient care.
“We are very proud of our apprenticeship programmes which we have been developing since the introduction of the levy and their success proves that our programmes are making a positive difference to our staff and patients.”
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