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Apprentice of the year award - winners


Training and Development together with Practice Education recently hosted their sixth annual apprenticeship awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate #TeamCDDFT colleagues who have completed an apprenticeship in 2022.

We were overwhelmed with nominations for the Chairman's Apprentice of the Year award and he kindly chose two winners - Anthony Donnelly and Emily Powton.

We wanted to share a little more about Anthony and Emily, and why they won.

Emily Powton

Emily joined the Trust as an apprentice in April 2021, completing the Customer Service Practitioner Level 2 apprenticeship, before securing a Band 3 service support office role in Paediatrics.

Emily's manager noted that she is dedicated to customer care, is patient focused and goes above and beyond to ensure patients are cared for appropriately.

Great teamwork and compassion were also cited in Emily's nomination and her manager said: "I have worked for the NHS for over 21 years and I have seen staff come and go… I know without any doubt that Emily will rise to the top of the ladder and is the breath of fresh air that the NHS needs!"

Anthony Donnelly

Anthony secured a Band 4 Nursing Associate post with the Overnight District Nursing Team upon successfully completing the Nursing Associate Level 5 apprenticeship.

His manager said: "Anthony has excelled during his apprenticeship. His desire and determination to develop his academic skills and nursing practice has been clearly evident throughout his two year course and he has continued to work in his role as Healthcare Assistant alongside his studies.

"I wish Anthony well for the future and hope that, when he feels he has developed his confidence and competence in his new role and consolidated his practice, he will go on to continue to progress toward completing his Registered Nurse qualification as he has demonstrated that he is more that capable of achieving this.

"He has shown a fantastic level of commitment and determination throughout his apprenticeship and is a credit to himself, to the Overnight DN Team and to #TeamCDDFT. Well done Anthony!"

Congratulations to both winners!

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