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Hospital Healthcare Apprentice is Making a Big Impression in Theatre

Apprentice Is Making Big Impression In Hospital Theatre 2A healthcare apprentice is making a big impression after joining the theatre team at West Midlands Hospital.

Craig Tromans is working towards a Clinical Healthcare Support Level 2 qualification and has his sights set on a full time position at the private hospital in the future.

Craig is enjoying the challenge of learning all about different procedures in theatre, particularly orthopaedic surgeries.

He supports the whole theatre function and also carries out administrative work for the department.

The 20-year-old spends four days a week at the hospital and then works towards his qualification at an online training forum one day a week

The hospital is keen to recruit apprentices for a range of different hospital functions – and it ties in with Ramsay Health Care’s wider commitment to recruit and train apprentices in its hospitals.

Craig has become a valuable member of the theatre team since he joined the hospital in October 2016.

Craig, of Halesowen, said: “I’m really enjoying the apprenticeship and signing up for it has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

“I’m learning something new every day and it has been fascinating to see the consultants performing operations and learning about what they do.

“There are different challenges every day but I enjoy being in the hospital environment and working alongside staff who are committed to making a real difference to people’s lives.”

Once Craig has completed his Level 2 Clinical Healthcare Support qualification he has the option to progress to Level 3.

He added: “I definitely want to go on to the Level 3 and I would like to work at the hospital in a full time role.

“I was familiar with the hospital already because I worked as a hospital porter for a short while but this apprenticeship is giving me the clinical knowledge for an area of healthcare I’m really interested in.”

The hospital has two operating theatres which cater for a wide range of operations each week including orthopaedic procedures, spinal operations and cosmetic surgery.

West Midlands Hospital Theatre Manager Helen Lamb said: “We are extremely pleased with the progress that Craig has made in such a short space of time with us.

“He is a big part of our theatre team and as well as assisting with aspects of theatre surgery, he is also developing his knowledge of the theatre administration procedures and patient pathways.

“It’s great to see someone with so much enthusiasm and the apprenticeship is proving to be a win-win scenario for both Craig and our hospital.”

Ramsay Health Care has been offering apprenticeships within its hospitals since 2014.

Annette Cairns, Organisational Development Manager for Ramsay Health Care, said: "The apprenticeship programme benefits us and our staff.  With support and nurture, at the end of the apprenticeship, we have individuals who we've trained ourselves and meet the high Ramsay Healthcare standards we expect of our staff.  

“Apprentices have the chance to gain a variety of experience and form part of the multi-disciplinary team caring for patients.  

“The intermediate apprenticeship in clinical healthcare support (Level 2) is the first step in a potential career path which could lead to further learning such as an advanced apprenticeship in clinical healthcare support (level 3) and beyond to a higher apprenticeship for the advanced practitioner in health."

West Midlands Hospital is one of the leading private hospitals in the Midlands region and patients can pay privately for their hospital surgery which reduces waiting times considerably.

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