Hospice apprentice praised at college awards

A Health and Social Care apprentice has been praised for her dedication and compassion at Accrington and Rossendale College’s Apprenticeship Awards.

Megan Pritchard, 17, was presented with the Health and Social Care Apprentice of the Year award by celebrity chef Nigel Haworth for her work with Pendleside Hospice.

The Rawtenstall teenager, who has worked at the hospice since September, is currently studying for a Level 3 apprenticeship. During her time at Pendleside she has been responsible for interacting with patients, themed days, exercise classes, parties and other tasks to support the Day Services Unit.

She was praised by her tutor for her carrying out her roles and respon­sibi­lities to a high standard while never missing a deadline.

Megan said: “I knew I wanted to be a nurse but hated being stuck in the classroom. I didn’t realise there was another way until I came across the Health and Social Care Apprenticeships offered by Accrington and Rossendale College online.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to learn hands on skills whilst carrying on with my education. I have been given so much support from both the college and my colleagues at Pendleside.

“Hospices aren’t always what people think. They only see the sad side but working with patients has made me see things in a different light. Everyday we have something different happening and the hospice is always filled with laughter.

“It’s made me realised how every minute really does count and I’m very privileged to have been offered this role.”

 Hazel Bolton, Megan’s college assessor said: “At a young age, Megan has shown maturity and dedication to her apprenticeship. She works within a challenging and emotive establishment but has developed qualities and abilities that have enabled her to interact with and support individuals who are experiencing difficult and worrying times.

“Megan is caring and compassionate, carries out her roles and respon­sibi­lities to a high standard, is eager and willing to learn and continue to develop her working practice. Megan’s written/­assignment work is produced to a high standard and never misses a deadline – Well done Megan.”

Day services patient Tony Cummings said: “Megan’s development as a health and social apprentice is very evident to all the patients and carers who come under the care of the hospice.

“The development of a talented, caring young person is a great credit to the recruitment and training standards at the hospice. Megan is a very worthy Apprentice of the Year. The hospice, a caring service long may they flourish.”