Health and Social Care Apprentices graduate

12th November 2015

Plymouth Community Healthcare’s first cohort of Health & Social Care apprentices graduated recently, during a presentation ceremony held on 15th September at Café Gould.

Having commenced their Apprenticeships in September 2014 as part of the Health & Social Care apprenticeship scheme, all of the apprentices had spent the intervening year gaining first-hand experience of working in a health and social care environment through working with existing teams across the organisation, supported by mentors and working to the skill set of a Health Care Assistant.

The six apprentices completing their year were Lauren Bancroft (Glenbourne Unit), Jade Dimmick (Kingfisher Ward),  Alicia Henderson (Cotehele Unit), Stacie Murdoch (Edgcumbe Unit) Rebecca Sheikh (Glenbourne Unit), and Bryony Wheele (District Nursing service).

Robert Drysdale, Clinical Support Manager, opened the ceremony saying, “I believe that the Health and Social Care apprenticeship scheme is a very worthwhile and rewarding experience not only from the apprentices point of view but also in the benefits we gain as a supportive employer. I am proud of our achievements as a company and I would like to thank all the managers and mentors who have supported this scheme across the year.”

Presenting the apprentices with their certificates, Director of Finance Dan O’Toole said: “I’m really pleased to be here to celebrate this. Thank you to everyone who took part in the scheme - we’re very proud of what you’ve achieved and excited for what this can do, both for you as individuals and for us as an organisation.”

Lauren Bancroft, noted for her “outstanding” work on the Glenbourne Unit said: “I joined the scheme as I originally wanted to be a Health Care Assistant but didn’t have enough experience, and I’d highly recommend it. I learned so much, with the best thing being all of the support I received from everyone on the ward.”

Sara Mitchell, Deputy Director of Operations and lead for the scheme, said: “Apprenticeships offer us a route to develop new talent, ensuring that our workforce has the practical skills and qualifications that Plymouth Community Healthcare needs now and in the future. This was the first time that we have run the Health & Social Care apprenticeship scheme and for us it has been really encouraging year, with each of the apprentices bringing different attributes. We feel this is a very worthwhile scheme, and look forward to welcoming our new apprentices to organisation in the coming weeks.”

   Above: Lauren Bancroft (Glenbourne Unit)

      Above: Jade Dimmick (Kingfisher Ward)

 Above: Alicia Henderson (Cotehele Unit)

 Above: Stacie Murdoch (Edgcumbe Unit)

Above: Rebecca Sheikh (Glenbourne Unit)

Above: Bryonny Wheele (District Nursing Service)