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Paulina, Senior Healthcare Support Worker

Written by Paulina Williams Owusu, Level 3 Diploma Senior Healthcare Support Worker (SHCSW) — Adult Nursing
South Worcestershire out of hours district nursing

What does/did the study involve?

The study involved dedication, determination, researching, essay writing, reflections/reflective writing as well as practical observations and shadowing.

Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship?

I decided to do an apprenticeship because my current position is a senior post and I felt that I needed to have the qualifications that matched my role.

What does your job role involve?

My role involves assisting individuals living in their homes and in the community with their daily activity, wound care/dressing, mobility, end of life care and checking vital signs to improve their well-being.

Please describe your apprenticeship experience to date

My apprenticeship journey has been a fantastic one this is because of the constant support from my assessor, manager, colleagues, and family. All of these people have contributed to my experience and helped me since day one. Furthermore, I believe that none of this would be possible without them.

How has your apprenticeship helped you progress in your career?

This apprenticeship has helped me to pursue further education in nursing and also has encouraged me to step up and be a role model within my team especially when it comes to mentoring new staff.

What do you want to do once you qualify/complete?

To go on to pursue my nursing career.

What do you feel are the advantages of doing an apprenticeship over other training or education?

I believe that there are many advantages to an apprenticeship over other forms of training and education. One of them is the hands on/practical experience.

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