My role as an apprentice health care support worker
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.