Barnsley Hospital Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprentice, Katrina Kitching, has won the Outstanding Apprentice award in Health (in the RNN Training 2019 Apprenticeship Awards). Nominated by her assessor Wendy for her dedication of sticking to the course after some personal challenges, Katrina has had to use exceptional effort to continue and has progressed well on her course.
In addition to her own drive and determination, Katrina has sought additional support from the college for her studies and regularly travels to Dearne Valley College to ensure she keeps on top of work. She has been described as attentive to her course commitments and has performed brilliantly and is making good progress toward her qualification.
Katrina was unaware of being nominated and so the award presentation came as a welcome surprise.
Katrina said: “I am so overwhelmed and shocked to have received this award – I didn’t even know I’d been nominated! I’ve had to overcome quite a lot in the past 12 months of undertaking this apprenticeship which is why I’m surprised to have won Outstanding Apprentice in the Health category.”
“I have worked in main theatres for just over 10 years now and I chose to do this apprenticeship in order to move up to a Band Four and progress in my career within the Healthcare sector. I’m such a big people person and really care for the wellbeing of others which is why I have chosen the route of Healthcare and an apprenticeship was a good way to achieve what I needed to.”
As part of her role, Katrina takes a proactive and immersive approach to handling her responsibilities including theatre preparation.
Katrina said: “The most interesting part of my apprenticeship day to day is learning all the new skills and being hands-on. Helping out in theatre is great; I have to scrub up, set the instruments up ready for theatre and pass them over to the surgeon when required.”
“I would absolutely recommend this apprenticeship to anyone interested in Healthcare; it is so interesting. You learn something new every day and it is a great route to progress professionally. My advice to any apprentice would be, be prepared and go for it!”