Following redundancy from my career in the British Red Cross, I wanted new learning opportunities similar to my work experience, which was first aid, ambulance support, and training. I used to be a Nursing Auxillary in the 1980s, so this seemed the obvious path.
The apprenticeship has enabled me to work in the NHS, familiarise myself with modern practice and take time to understand the corporate strategy, Trust values and the 6 Cs of nursing.
While I am working on the wards I am receiving excellent mentorship from staff, who actively encourage me to learn. I am lucky enough to be part of the Orthopaedic Department, who are collectively an awesome team.
I have had the opportunity to complete my Care Certificate as well as online and face-to-face training relevant to my role.
I am released to college weekly to gain my QCF Level 2 Diploma in Healthcare. There are 5 Apprenticeship Standards to evidence through a portfolio of work including reflective practice, work-based observations, an interview and multiple choice questions.
Shadowing has been offered and there was such a wide range of disclipines on offer it was agonising trying to choose. I eventually decided to try a GP Practice, Community Paediatrics and A&E.
I would like the NHS to be my new career and I’m looking forward to the opportunities available to me once I have finished my apprenticeship.