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Updated 7 March 2024

21 February 2024

Apprentices at Dorset County Hospital (DCH) have been recognised at a special new awards ceremony.

DCH currently has 188 staff undertaking apprenticeships across a wide range of clinical and non-clinical roles, and at different levels – from Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) through to a Level 7 (master’s degree)

The Trust held the celebration – its first-ever apprentice awards event – as part of National Apprenticeship Week. There were ten award categories and the winners were:

  • Rising Star Award: Jade Munden (Level 2 Customer Service Apprenticeship) Bournemouth and Poole College
  • Outstanding Academic Performance Award: Liz Lafford (Level 5 Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship) Bournemouth and Poole College
  • Best Attitude Award: Katie Bigwood (Level 6 Diagnostic Radiographer Degree Apprenticeship) University of Exeter
  • Most Improved Apprentice Award: Ann-Marie Trowers (Level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship) Bournemouth and Poole College
  • Role Model Apprenticeship Award: Junu Gurung (Level 5 Nursing Associate Foundation Degree Apprenticeship) Solent University
  • Extraordinary Effort Award: Kate Stancel-Lewis (Level 6 Physiotherapist Degree Apprenticeship) University West of England
  • Most Determined Apprentice Award: Severine Harvey (Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship) Weymouth College
  • Most Dedicated Apprentice Award: Kim Whitfield (Level 6 Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship) Solent University
  • Apprenticeships Champion Award: Sarah-Jane Ridler (Level 7 Senior Leader Healthcare Apprenticeship) Exeter University
  • Apprentice of the Year Award: Paul Myatt (Level 5 Health Play Specialist Apprenticeship) Solent University

Emma Hallett, DCH’s Deputy Chief People Officer, presented the winners with their certificates. She said:

“Dorset County Hospital is passionate about offering apprenticeships to new and existing staff. They give people the opportunity to develop their skillset and further their careers, while making sure the Trust’s workforce has the skills to provide excellent care to our patients.

“Studying and learning while working takes a great deal of effort, commitment and tenacity. We are incredibly proud of all our apprentices.”

To find out more about career opportunities at DCH, including apprenticeships, visit the Careers Fair on Saturday, 2 March, where the Trust will be spotlighting the wide variety of jobs and training opportunities on offer. It will run from 10am to 4pm in the Education Centre at DCH. Click here to find out more.

Staff with certificates