Gemma Seal

Level 5 | Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship

Gemma Seal, 26, has put her learning into practice - achieving her dream of working for the NHS at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon.
 
Gemma is the first person from her family to go to university, making her accomplishment all the more impressive. She graduated from her Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care from Swindon College, in partnership with Oxford Brookes University. This is where she began her Apprenticeship – and passed.
 
Part of the Apprenticeship criteria is that you do an End Point Assessment (EPA), to ensure that an Apprentice can perform the duties and tasks relating to the specific job they’ve been training for.
 
To prepare Gemma for the EPA, the College focussed on boosting her previously assessed knowledge. Working at the Great Western Hospital meanwhile offered the perfect opportunity to put her learning into practice.
 
“I was feeling positive that I had demonstrated enough skills and knowledge from my Apprenticeship to develop my career from a Theatre Support Worker to a Theatre Assistant Practitioner.
 
“As an Assistant Practitioner in the Operating Department I undertake a lot of the same tasks as the Nurses and Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs). I work as part of the team caring for the patients who are under both local and general anaesthetic. Within my role under the indirect supervision of a register professional I can be responsible for setting up instrument trays, scrubbing alongside the Surgeons during operations and monitoring patients post operatively in the recovery area.
 
“It’s been challenging but the support from my college and my work at the theatre department in Great Western Hospital has been amazing.
“It was a lot of fun to meet people and further myself. I’ve made great friends and a lot of us work together at the hospital.”
 
"It’s been challenging but the support from my college and my work at the theatre department in Great Western Hospital has been amazing. It was a lot of fun to meet people and further myself. I’ve made great friends and a lot of us work together at the hospital."

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