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Our 2017 winners

The Apprenticeship Recognition Awards celebrated those apprentices and apprenticeship employers at all levels and from different settings who have ultimately improved people’s health, the public’s experience of the NHS. Find out a little about each of this years winners below. 


Apprentices of the Year

Lucy Brookes

Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Intermediate Apprentice of the Year (Clinical)

I commenced my Apprenticeship in 2015 as an Apprentice Health Care Assistant: working full time on a surgical ward whilst completing two qualifications. During this time I expanded my knowledge by obtaining certificates such as the National Health ‘Care Certificate’, leading me to achieve an Educational Academy Award in the trust.  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. I have loved every part of my apprenticeship at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust  and without this opportunity I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am today.

Matthew Masters

University Hospitals Birmingham

Intermediate Apprentice of the Year (Non-Clinical) and Apprentice Champion of the Year

The importance of the apprenticeship to me is that I have not only gained a new insight into work, but friendship and new skills. I was clueless of what I wanted to do however; an apprenticeship  at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust changed my perspective of how many jobs are available within the NHS.

Danielle Nevitt

West Midlands Ambulance Service

Advanced Apprentice of the Year

My apprenticeship at West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has enabled me to develop my caring nature in a professional manner; giving my patients the best care by understanding their needs whilst supporting and encouraging them, using my new skills and knowledge. I can now work with new members of staff as well as apprentices; by helping and supporting them with so much more confidence, sharing my knowledge and experiences to ensure they feel comfortable and confident too. In addition my apprenticeship has given me a full time job and allowed me to grow as a kind hearted, caring member of staff. I love my job.

Susan Bunyan

West Midlands Ambulance Service

Higher Apprentice of the Year

My name is Susan Bunyan; I work for the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust as a Senior Operations Manager and I have worked for the Ambulance Service for over 23 years.

I enjoy managing a team and contributing to the delivery of a high quality patient focused service.  I am keen to look at new ways of improving the patient and staff experience and the higher level apprenticeship that I am currently studying is giving me knowledge, skills and confidence to push myself further.

Lisa Southcott

Fenny Compton and Shenington Surgery

Primary and Community Care Apprentice of the Year

I’m a 22 year old trainee Dispenser at Fenny Compton and Shenington Surgery. I started out as a part-time medical administrator in an army medical centre which then progressed into nursing where I discovered my interest in medicine. My apprenticeship is very important to me for many reasons; the predominant reason is that it’s given me invaluable experience and knowledge about working in dispensing and healthcare.

Apprenticeship Employers of the Year

Black Country Partnership

NHS Foundation Trust

Small Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (0 - 2,399 employees)

The Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust considers apprenticeships to be a fantastic opportunity for the organisation to ‘grow their own’ and equip team members with the right skills, competencies and values needed to provide high quality care, in the right place, at the right time. As such, the Trust offers a year-on-year increase in the number of clinical and non-clinical apprenticeships, accessible by both its current and future workforce.

Worcestershire Health and Care

NHS Trust

Medium Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (2,400 - 4,249 employees)

The Trust recognises apprenticeships as an excellent opportunity to develop talent grow our own and provide positive experiences for staff.  Our apprenticeship developments have improved the skills and competencies of our workforce which has a positive impact on the quality of care we provide to patients and their experience of our services. Our apprenticeship scheme provides a springboard for people to start a career in the NHS and for existing team members to maximise their potential.  We are proud of what our staff have achieved and continue to be ambitious for how we can utilise apprenticeships to deliver excellent care.

University Hospitals of North Midlands

NHS Trust

Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year (4,250+ employees)

We are passionate here at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust in delivering the best apprenticeships and experience to all our apprentices, who come from all walks of life and are local to Staffordshire ‘growing our own’. Apprenticeships provide great opportunities for people to kick start their careers and enter the world of work at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust.We enable our apprentices to develop the essential skills and knowledge to undertake the role effectively and equip them to become University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust’s future workforce. As a Trust we support our apprentices by ‘getting in, getting on and going further’, which has been exampled by a number our apprentices who are now permanent members of our teams.

The Apprenticeship programme plays a vital role within the Trust. We have a dedicated Learning Education and Widening Participation Team and a care coach team who maintain excellent working relationships with individual departments in the Trust to continue the generation of apprentice opportunities and support our upcoming/developing workforce.  

Black Country NHS

Apprenticeship Academy

Apprenticeship Employer Innovative Partnership

The Black Country NHS Apprenticeship Academy was initially formed to develop a method of delivering an increase in apprenticeship numbers across the Black Country by building on the expertise already established within the different Trusts. 

The sustainability and success of the Academy has always been as a result of the strong partnership working amongst the seven Trusts within the STP.  The Academy is currently working with the Trusts to support “getting ready for the levy” and is undertaking some targeted work to ensure they are able to attract the right apprentices to continue to develop and grow the Black Country workforce of the future.  It is also working to support other parts of the STP system such as primary and social care to create an integrated apprentice workforce.

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