Date of release: 16 February 2017
A 20-year-old healthcare assistant at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) is celebrating being recognised as one of the region’s top apprentices.
Lucy Brookes, from Cannock, was last week named Intermediate Clinical Apprentice of the Year at the West Midlands NHS Apprenticeship Recognition Awards 2017. The ceremony was held on 10 February at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
After finishing college, Lucy started as an apprentice healthcare assistant at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton in May 2015. While working full time on a general surgery ward, she completed her Care Certificate and won an Education Academy Award.
“As a result of my achievements I have gained a permanent position and I am currently training to be a nurse associate at university in order to pursue my nursing aspirations,” said Lucy.
“I have loved every part of my apprenticeship, and without this opportunity I wouldn’t be who I am, or where I am, today.”
Ward manager Lisa Flannagan, who nominated Lucy for the award, said: “Lucy is a really valuable member of our ward team. She is very enthusiastic and always willing to learn – nothing is too much trouble for her. She does everything with a smile and is excellent with patients.
“Her work ethic and dedication to the care she delivers is highly commendable and she truly deserves this recognition.
“Lucy is a great role model, ambassador for apprenticeships and our organisation. She is someone you would want to look after you, or your loved ones, in hospital.”
Apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job training with study, helping young people to gain a qualification and work experience to enhance their career prospects.
RWT are always looking for new apprentices. For more information, contact the apprenticeships team on 01902 695105 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship.