Trust honoured at South West Apprenticeship Awards

Thursday, 6 February 2014

North Bristol NHS Trust was named training provider of the year at the South West Healthcare Apprenticeship Awards.

The trust, which runs Frenchay, Southmead and Cossham hospitals was also named employer of the year at the awards in Taunton.

Individuals who work at North Bristol NHS Trust were also honoured at the awards, held during National Apprenticeship Week.

Allison Cooper, a trainee assistant practitioner was named Advanced Level 3 Apprentice of the Year at the ceremony on Monday night while three other apprentices from the trust were highly commended.

Keelan Brailsford from the trust’s project management office and Rebecca Holmes, a healthcare assistant, were both highly commended in the Advanced Level 3 Apprentice category.

Trainee assistant practitioner Oliver Milton-Newland was highly commended in the Higher Level 4 Apprentice and Inspirational Apprentice categories.

The NHS Apprenticeship Awards were held in the region for the fourth year, organised by Health Education South West, Skills for Health and the National Apprenticeship Service.

Winners were chosen from more than 150 nominations.

Head of learning and development at North Bristol NHS Trust, Jane Hadfield, said that winning the awards “feels really good” and was particularly pleased that the trust had won its first honours for an individual

She said: “We are not a college, we are an employer first, but we are getting such good results.

“We are designing training to absolutely support the jobs and making our individuals patient-focused.

“We have apprentices of all ages and it is going really well.”

North Bristol NHS Trust has won six awards for its apprenticeships over the last six months, as well as being honoured at the trust’s own Exceptional Healthcare Awards last year.