UCLH healthcare assistant named Apprentice of the Year 

11/02/2011 00:00 

She’s enthusiastic, hard working and conscientious – just the kind of traits to impress Lord Alan Sugar in the boardroom. But even though the NHS London awards ceremony was not quite in the same league as the high-profile TV show, it proved just as exciting for Carla Jivraj who has been named NHS London's Apprentice of the Year.

 Carla Jivraj with her award

Carla Jivraj with her award

“I feel so honoured – hopefully it will open doors for me and give me the confidence to learn more, progress more,” said Carla, of Manor Gardens, Archway, who works in the Gastro-intestinal physiology unit at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The London NHS Apprenticeship awards were presented by Tim Campbell, former winner of the BBC show The Apprentice and chief executive of The Bright Ideas Trust (a charity to help young people turn ideas into a business.)
Carla, 38, was nominated by Dr Amanda Raeburn. She described Carla as an integral member of the team who helps ensure the GI Physiology unit runs smoothly. She supports and reassures patients who need to undergo a battery of invasive tests to identify problems with their digestive system.
Carla, who won the over-25 category, added: “I prepare patients for the tests and try to reassure them. The unit team, including the consultant Dr Anton Emmanuel and my mentor Julie Storrie are amazing professionals and share their knowledge with me.
"I am so eager to learn more – and want to go further in my career. Ideally one day I would like to become a specialist nurse.”
As part of the apprenticeship scheme, Carla completed eight evidence-based modules for which she was awarded the NVQ Health and Social Care level 3, as well an apprenticeship scheme certificate. She said Jane Connor, Healthcare Assistant development nurse, offered her guidance and support throughout. “She was great,” said Carla.
The NHS apprenticeship scheme offers participants the chance to achieve nationally recognised qualifications whilst working. There are 800 NHS London apprentices across a range of career areas.
Chief executive of NHS London, Ruth Carnall said:  “I’d like to thank all of London’s NHS apprentices and their mentors for the contribution they make every day.  The quality of the nominations we received was so high that Lord Sugar himself would welcome any of these apprentices to his boardroom!  They really illustrate the high calibre of all of our apprentices and the value they add to the care we provide to Londoners.“
The London NHS Apprentice Awards were held by NHS London in partnership with the Greater London Authority.  The Awards tie in with this week’s nationwide National Apprentice Week, and aim to raise the profile and promote the value of NHS Apprenticeships


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