My role as an apprentice health care support worker

Posted on August 21, 2017 by AireAdmin No Comments

Name: Tracey Ross

Age: 54 years old

From: Newcastle upon Tyne

Role: health care apprentice

Hobbies: walking, hiking, travelling, outdoors and cooking.

Aspirations: To gain further qualifications and increase my skill set, as well as become a reliable and competent team member on my ward.

I went to the United States in 1987 to visit my parents, who had moved there to live in 1985. I ended up staying after a change in circumstances in the UK. I worked as a Nanny for many years and eventually trained to become a Certified Nursing Associate (CNA) as I’d always wanted to work in the medical field.

After 27 years living in the States, I returned to the UK in December 2014. I had missed family and just being around other British people. I settled on the Skipton area to return to, and worked as a live-in health care assistant initially before deciding to look for local work in hospitals near me. It has always been a desire of mine to work for the NHS. My maternal Aunt was a Matron, so I have always had an interest in medical careers. After many applications for various roles I finally got asked to attend an interview and was accepted into the apprenticeship program here at Airedale.

I started my apprenticeship on 27 February 2017.

So far I am really enjoying it here on ward 19; the team are a great bunch of people and have been very helpful to me while settling in to my role as the apprentice on the ward. Having previous experience working as a CNA in the States has been a lot of help to me in adjusting to my duties on the ward, which are similar to those I did while working there.

I am also very interested in pursuing a position in theatre as a Support Worker. I am working towards passing the necessary Maths and English Level 2 in preparation for the possibility of an opening in theatre in the future.

It would be a great opportunity for me to get into theatre, but for the meantime I am thrilled to be in Elective Orthopaedics. It is a very welcome change as I have previous experience in all other departments, but a surgical ward was a new area for me to explore – I can say I absolutely love it!

I am hoping to gain further experience and qualifications while also adding to my existing skill set. I would like to become one of the team and continue learning and growing in my career, to build my knowledge of regular procedures done daily here in the workplace.

Tracey (right) pictured with the group of apprentices she started with in February

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