Nicole Wilson joined County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation
Trust in 2016 as a Healthcare Assistant Apprentice with a fixed
term contract working on the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) at University
Hospital of North Durham.
Not long into Nicole's apprenticeship, she gained a substantive
post as a Healthcare Assistant on AMU and in 2017 she completed her
Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship with Derwentside
Nicole started her Nursing Associate apprenticeship in 2018,
remaining in AMU and completed her 2 year apprenticeship with
Teesside University in 2020.
She remained as a Nursing Associate for 1 year on AMU to
consolidate and embed her learning in this new role before applying
for the Open University Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship in
Nicole qualified as a Registered Nurse in October 2022,
following the CDDFT apprenticeship pathway into nursing.
Nicole said: "I have enjoyed every minute of undertaking the
apprenticeship routes as I have felt more involved and hands-on
when it comes to healthcare. I have gained valuable experiences
throughout the 6 years of my career working as part of #TeamCDDFT
alongside amazing teams of nurses and healthcare assistants.
"Over the past 3 years it's been extremely difficult within the
NHS itself due to the global pandemic but I feel it has helped
shape me into the Registered Nurse I am today, by allowing me to
gain experiences that not many people can say they have experienced
in a lifetime!
"I am extremely proud to say I work for the NHS and do the job I
do, especially when I have such amazing work colleagues from all
areas that help, support and carry one another."
We are incredibly proud of Nicole's achievements here at
#TeamCDDFT and those who have also followed this pathway and are
currently accessing apprenticeships to develop professionally.
If you would like further information about apprenticeship
opportunities please email email@example.com
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital