A group of young apprentices at Musgrove Park Hospital have been given the official seal of approval for the care they give to patients.
The award follows an intense period of study and clinical placement the apprentices undertook at the hospital while working towards gaining the nationally recognised care certificate.
The care certificate was developed jointly by the national health training bodies Skills for Care, Health Education England and Skills for Health. It sets out the standards that health and social care workers should stick to in their day-to-day work.
It was introduced as a mandatory standard in 2015 for apprentices to ensure they gain the same skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high quality care and support to patients.
Rachael Putt, sister on Montacute ward, which cares for patients who have had colorectal and urology surgery, supported two apprentices on her ward.
“We have been delighted with our apprentices,” she said.
“I originally had reservations about taking on apprentices in the difficult ward environment, but would not hesitate to do so again.
“In a few words I would describe them as extremely hard working, mature and caring young people with a clear understanding of what excellent care means.
“They have adapted with competence to a difficult working environment and I feel that the patients are safe, supported and valued under their care.”