Lesley Campbell, a senior healthcare support worker in the Outpatient Department at St Hugh’s, has won an award at the Annual Apprenticeship Celebration run by Work Force Skills at the Grimsby Institute.
The event, which takes place at the end of National Apprenticeship Week, celebrates those currently working through apprenticeships in a range of sectors.
As one of only two finalists in the Assessor’s Choice for Health and Social Care Apprentice of the Year category, Lesley, who began her latest apprenticeship in November 2016, was nominated by her work-based trainer and assessor Brigitte Hewson.
Brigitte, from Work Force Skills, said: “It was an easy choice to nominate Lesley for this award. She’s always working hard to reach her targets and learn from the course, which is great to see.
“She’s also wonderful at her job, supporting patients with pre-operative through to post-surgical care. She’s brilliant with people and uses this skill and her experience when working in the outpatient department at St Hugh’s Hospital.”
Having completed a diploma at Grimsby College in 2009, Lesley went to work at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital where she gained an NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care.
In February 2014 Lesley joined the St Hugh’s team and last year began her Diploma in Health and Social Care.
Lesley said: “I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship. I’ve gained lots of knowledge and new skills while enjoying more contact time with patients.
“As well as guidance from Brigitte, I’ve received ongoing support from the team and management at St Hugh’s. I was able to attend a course in London recently which provided additional training in pre-operative assessments, which was useful for my ongoing development.
“I was surprised to be nominated for the award, but feel it shows age isn’t a barrier to learning and I was very proud to win.”
Ashley Brown, Hospital Director at St Hugh’s, said: “I’m delighted to hear that Lesley has been recognised for her commitment to her ongoing personal development and her care of our patients.
“Reassuring people as they prepare for and following surgery is so important. We know that people fear the unknown, so having someone like Lesley to support them throughout the process is critical. Congratulations Lesley!”