Finalists for the Apprentice of the Year 2019

Sophie Pomroy

Sophie Pomroy

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Sophie has taken a key role in many workforce improvements projects as part of her apprenticeship. She works to improve Trust culture and make it a better place to work, and she coordinated the Staff Recognition Awards. As an Apprentice Ambassador for the Trust, Sophie actively promotes apprenticeships to applicants and managers. Colleagues who nominated her said that Sophie is a fantastic representative for apprentices. She not only works hard, but actively seeks out opportunities for development, and demonstrates the Trust values daily.

Ciaran Jones

Ciaran Jones

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Following completion of his BTEC Engineering studies, Ciaran joined the trust in 2016 as the first ever Radiotherapy Engineering Apprentice. As the trailblazer for this apprenticeship, Ciaran has adapted to the role in a positive manner, becoming an Apprentice Ambassador. Ciaran designed, test and implemented a bespoke radiation shielding system for the Radiotherapy Brachytherapy Department. His device will considerably reduce the radiation doses received by clinicians and radiographers. Ciaran's work is not always noticed by patients, but he is impacting them all during their radiotherapy treatment.

Patrick Onyema

Patrick Onyema

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Patrick is undertaking the nursing associate programme at Anglia Ruskin University. As a health care assistant within a Dementia Crisis Support team Patrick undertook a Quality Improvement Project "reducing the use of antipsychotics for people with dementia in care homes". Patrick won first place for his poster at the Dementia UK conference and was invited to present his work at the Alzheimer's Europe conference. Alongside his quality improvement work, Patrick is frequently called upon to promote nursing associates and never stops trying to improve patient care.