Bucks nursing student wins Apprentice of the Year

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Date: 24th Nov 2018

A ‘shocked’ Adam Cramp has collected the Apprentice of the Year award for his work with Broadmoor Hospital and Bucks New University.

The Skills for Health ‘Our Health Heroes Awards’ are a celebration of the healthcare workforce and the 27-year-old has praised the awards for showing healthcare professionals they are appreciated.

Bucks New University was one of the first institutions to launch the Nursing Degree Apprenticeship programme in April this year. The students trains and works at the same time which makes apprenticeships an earn-as-you-learn alternative to the traditional degree.

Adam, 27, who lives in Bracknell, was part of the first cohort and said: “This award is affirmation that I have chosen the right career for me. I feel completely honoured and humbled, especially with the other great nursing apprentices on my course.

“I felt this way even when the nomination came through, and now that I have won it, I'm almost lost for words.”Adam Cramp with his colleagues

Celebrating: L-R Clinical Team Leader Steph Gray (who also trained at Bucks New University), Adam Cramp, and staff nurse Robyn McIntosh.

Adam works at West London NHS Trust's Broadmoor Hospital and is studying a BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) apprenticeship at the same time at Bucks’ Uxbridge Campus.

Adam attended Sir William Ramsey School in High Wycombe and from there started working in a local shop, but he wanted more. He secured a job on reception at Broadmoor Hospital, then after nearly a year he moved onto doing some work on the wards. He knew after his first shift on the wards watching colleagues that nursing was something he wanted to do.

The criteria the judges used to make the award at the end of last month included: being an effective colleague and part of a team; putting learning into place; and being caring and compassionate to service users. Other criteria included being a strong role model for the organisation and an ambassador for apprenticeships.

Adam added: “The Nursing Degree Apprenticeship training scheme has been excellent and has given me invaluable skills. I would recommend it to anyone.

“Awards like these make you feel appreciated in the work that we do. It's quite easy to be bogged down by the workload and become quite despondent.

“Whether it be winning an award yourself or seeing a colleague win, it reminds you that we are appreciated for the work we do especially at times when all you here about are cuts to various services or opportunities.

“I think we should always be looking at different ways that we can recognise our colleagues for the work that they do, so nominating for awards like these, or even just "employee of the month" are so incredibly important for keeping morale up.

Bucks New University’s Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship is based on our successful pre-registration nursing programme and supports employers to develop their healthcare staff towards registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, as either adult, child or mental health nurses.

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