Norfolk NHS boss becomes healthcare assistant for the afternoon
09:00 07 March 2013
A Norfolk NHS boss became a healthcare assistant for the day as part of a campaign to promote apprenticeships.
Michael Scott, chief executive of Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, spent yesterday afternoon working alongside apprentice healthcare assistants Julie Farrow and Kaylen Phillips at Norwich Community Hospital.
The NHS trust chief gained an insight into their work by shadowing the pair as they made beds, carried out housekeeping tasks, handed out meals, helped to feed patients and assisted with personal care. It comes ahead of National Apprenticeship Week, which starts on Monday.
Mr Scott said the afternoon was “incredibly enjoyable”.
“It gave me the opportunity to get to know them and find out about the varied and valuable role they play on the ward, as well as the chance to listen to their aspirations for the next stage of their career.”
“Julie and Kaylen play a huge role in providing essential nursing care for patients on Alder Ward, working as part of the wider clinical team to ensure all of their personal and medical needs are met. Both get on exceptionally well with the patients, are very kind and compassionate and pride themselves on providing the best possible service,” he said.
A total of 17 apprentices currently work across the trust. For more information, visit www.norfolkcommunityhealthandcare.nhs.uk/Work-with-us/apprenticeships.htm