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Unsung hero award for HSC apprentice

UEA HSC student Donna Todd has been presented with the Unsung Hero Award at the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCHC) annual Reach awards, which recognise exceptional teams and individuals who go the extra mile.

The Reach awards give staff the opportunity to recognise their colleagues who go above and beyond for local patients and their families, dedicating their careers to ensuring that people get the very best NHS care in their homes and communities across Norfolk.

The award ceremony took place earlier in March at The Holiday Inn in Norwich and were presented by local comedian Karl Minns.

Donna works as a community Assistant Practitioner and is a student in the first cohort of students studying a degree apprenticeship in nursing at UEA. She set up an assistant practitioners forum to make members of staff aware of the opportunities at NCHC.

Donna, said “Just being nominated for the Reach Award was an amazing feeling, when I won the award I just felt incredibly proud, and to have been supported by the Trust , an outstanding trust whom I feel proud to be part of.

“This award recognises the work I put in to set up a forum for band four staff to give them a chance to meet and discuss opportunities and issues surrounding their role.

“I manage this single-handedly in addition to my own role and while progressing on the nursing degree apprenticeship. Studying at the UEA has enabled me to progress in my career with the support of NCHC, I am able to continue working as an assistant practitioner alongside studying for a nursing degree.”

This article first appeared on UEA Student News.