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Hoople apprentice shines at Sunshine Pride awards

Wednesday 8 November 2017 9.43am

We are delighted to announce that Hoople's former apprentice, Lisa Williams, was awarded the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award at the recent Sunshine Pride Awards. She was also proud to be this year’s recipient of the coveted ‘Overall Winner’ award.

Lisa Williams, HSC apprentice at Hoople, and Tim Treherne of Lanyon Bowdler - sponsors of 2017 Sunshine Pride Overall Winner awardLisa started a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care with Hoople in November 2015 and always had aspirations to work in palliative nursing. She worked night shifts at Newstead Nursing Home in Hereford to fit in with her childcare responsibilities and chose an ‘end of life’ unit specifically to gain further knowledge and reinforce and develop her practice in this area.

With a high number of residents at the home at end of life, Lisa often sat and comforted residents and their families, driven by her personal goal that nobody should die alone or in pain. She even went into work to cover shifts when she was on annual leave, particularly on occasions when the home had the norovirus or when staffing levels were low. During quieter times in her shifts, Lisa helped managers with paperwork and in fulfilling other tasks.

Lisa helped Newstead Nursing Home gain the Gold Standard in end of life care and always received glowing praise on her practice from her manager, nurses, colleagues and the residents.

Lisa completed her apprenticeship in March 2017 and has now secured a job at St Michael’s Hospice. She has also now been accepted onto a foundation degree programme in mental health. She says: “I am extremely grateful to my Hoople assessor, Maddy Phillips, for recognising my love for palliative care and for giving me the knowledge and confidence to progress and work in more depth in end of life care. Gaining these Sunshine Pride awards has given me even more drive and determination to achieve the goals I have set myself in the coming years in order to complete my degree and go into nursing, specialising in palliative care and mental health combined.”

Hoople is thrilled that Lisa’s accomplishments have been recognised by Sunshine. Lisa’s Health and Social Care Assessor at Hoople, Maddy Phillips, says: “I am extremely proud of Lisa’s achievements and am sure she will have a very successful and fulfilling future career.”