This week is National Apprenticeship Week and to celebrate we are highlighting the amazing work of some of our apprentices we have here at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHT).
After working in the Hospital Sterilisation and Decontamination Unit (HSDU) for almost seven years, Sandra Valence decided to better her career by taking up an apprenticeship. Sandra’s role as a Technician is to work alongside theatres and outside departments collecting all reusable theatre instrumentation, sets and medical devices and make them fit for use once more.
Sandra explained: “I had always been sceptical about doing an apprenticeship as I felt they had always been associated with school leavers or those waiting to enter employment until I learned that doing one would greatly support what I was already doing as a fully qualified Technician.
“I decided to take up my apprenticeship in Healthcare Science at PHT as I thought I could complete it while still working and with full help and support from my manager and training officer.
“I really enjoyed my Healthcare Science apprenticeship as it helped me realise as a mature student that I still thoroughly enjoyed studying and researching just as I did years ago. It created a desire in me to be an even better technician and reinforced my desire to put patient safety and their needs first in everything I do.”
Sandra is soon to complete her apprenticeship after 15 months and looks forward to training for another year towards her Technical Certificate in Decontamination Sciences where she will be able to take up supervisory roles and progress even further.
Sandra has loved doing her apprenticeship and added: “I would say to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship to not hold back! It is a lot of hard work and requires a great deal of study but it is absolutely worth it.”