This week (6-12 February) is National Apprenticeship Week. It is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of apprentices and the positive impact they make to communities, businesses, and the wider economy.
As an employer of choice, St Luke’s invests in developing people. We offer apprenticeships across the organisation to give individuals the opportunity to step into a career progressing role and develop their passion.
We wanted to share some stories from our current apprentices and celebrate them and their roles within St Luke’s.
Selina Rogers is one of our Trainee Nursing Associates, working with our St Luke’s Urgent Care team, delivering end of life care in the community, supporting our patients to die within their own homes.
Having worked her way up through different health care settings to become a Senior Health Care Assistant, she decided to develop her career further and when the position within our urgent care service came along, she jumped at the opportunity to do the apprenticeship with St Luke’s and progress within a team she feels passionate about.
“My background since leaving school many years ago has always been within health care,” she says. “I have always wanted to be a registered nurse but had my son at a young age, so I put my effort into raising my son and put my career on hold.
“The apprenticeship has given me the chance to progress without becoming in debt. In gaining a Foundation Degree at Plymouth University, I have had the chance to experience lots of different working environments within the health care service I would not get the chance to do otherwise, such as a GP practice, a private hospital and community nursing to name a few, so they helped hugely in gaining knowledge in my progression to become a Registered Nursing Associate.
“I take great pride in working for St Luke’s and the amazing work the hospice does as a whole for our local community, giving our patients the best possible care and end of life experience for the patient and their family is so important and so special.
“It’s an absolute privilege to be able to do that for a person.”
As part of our Urgent Care team, Selina and her colleagues work alongside our teams in the community, at Derriford hospital and our specialist unit at Turnchapel to ensure a seamless provision of specialist care to people when they have days or weeks left to live.
“The end of life team is extremely special, so many people want to die in their own home, surrounded by their loved ones in their own environment. It is such an amazing thing to be able to do, the team of HCAs and RNs along with the community nurse specialists all work together in ensuring our patients have the best possible experience, bringing some love and laughter along with compassion and empathy. It’s just the best job. I have such great job satisfaction and never wake up not wanting to attend work, who gets to say that, not many! I feel very lucky to have found this opportunity within St Luke’s.”
Selina credits the apprenticeship with giving her a career stepping-stone and helping her to achieve her dream of becoming a registered nurse.
“For people thinking about doing the apprenticeship, do it. It is not easy, it is hard work and I have had times where I thought I cannot do this but your university cohort, employer and colleagues, along with family and friends give you that support.
“It gives such fantastic opportunities and a stepping-stone to becoming a registered nurse which I myself hope to do in the near future and hope to remain with the amazing St Luke’s team when I do so.”
To find out more about our apprenticeships click here or contact our People Services team.