Clinical care apprentice Gayle Hunter

Gayle Hunter1. Your name, age and the apprenticeship you’re doing?

I’m Gayle Hunter, aged 43 and I’m studying the clinical care assistant apprenticeship.

2. Why did you choose that specific apprenticeship?

I chose this to be part of the accident and emergency side of NEAS.  I have been part of the transport side for two years and wanted to progress and learn more skills and hopefully progress onto the paramedic apprenticeship.

3. What has been your proudest achievement on your apprenticeship to date?

My proudest achievement to date was passing my exams as I did not feel that I was good enough to complete the course.

4. What has it been like since the COVID-19 outbreak and how has your work had changed?

Nearly every patient I attend has COVID-19.  It is stressful working in these new conditions and people do not want to attend hospital if they can get away with it.  Patients that need help are not wanting to go in so when we do get to them, they are a lot worse and should have called sooner.

5. How do you see your apprenticeship helping you in your career progression?

I am learning skills that I never thought I would ever learn.  I am proud of how much I have achieved with the help of the tutors on the course.  They have been so supportive.

6. What would your advice be to anyone thinking about doing an apprenticeship?

Do it! Don’t hesitate like I did. Just get on it and the support will help you through.

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