Luton Nursing Assistant becomes finalist at National Apprenticeship Awards 2022Niall Hutton, apprentice Nursing Assistant at HC-One’s Capwell Grange Care Home in Luton, a 146-bed residential, nursing and dementia care home, has become a finalist at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2022 after winning the Rising Star Award at the East Midlands Regional Awards.

Niall started his advanced level apprenticeship in January 2020 from previously working as a Care Assistant and then progressing into the role of Senior Care Assistant. His journey through the apprenticeship programme has seen him safely administer injections and safely caring for wounds. Niall hopes to continue his career in social care and move onto a Nursing Degree Apprenticeship. He also would like to continue his bespoke HC-One e-learning programme to better hone his nursing skills.

Niall was nominated due to demonstrating a number of skills and his general attitude towards work. When Niall started working in the reablement unit at Capwell Grange, it had a CQC rating of ‘Good’ but has since progressed into an ‘Outstanding’ rating, which Niall had been pivotal in supporting. He displays a high level of care and practice within his role and always takes the needs and requirements of the Resident into consideration. Niall will also take great care and consideration to each Residents’ needs, by researching new medications, procedures and practices that assist in their daily lives.

Area Director, Kathyrn Sygrove, who nominated Niall for the award, said:
“Niall has really excelled within his different roles over the years and has shown a great deal of dedication to Capwell Grange and his apprenticeship. He is putting his training into practice consistently, and really helps to make a difference in our Residents lives. Niall has also been instrumental in putting in new processes and initiatives which helped the service win ‘Service for the year’ in Luton”.

Apprenticeship opportunities at HC-One are offered to newly recruited and existing Colleagues to help develop their skills, knowledge, and confidence, with a range of topics on offer including care, hospitality, business skills, IT and leadership. The programme forms part of HC-One’s commitment to providing rewarding careers in the care industry, by supporting Colleagues to progress their careers with clearly defined progression pathways and the opportunity to achieve fully funded accredited qualifications.

Commenting on his nomination, Niall Hutton said:
“I am so grateful to be nominated for this award. While it’s always nice to have hard work recognised, I am just happy the work I have put in has helped to provide a better life for our Residents. Also, the support I received during my apprenticeship at HC One by my excellent mentors was second to none, a special mention to my manager Maria and also to the excellent professionals I work with on a daily basis whom I have learned so much from. 
All this being said, it is a stepping stone that will push me through to achieving my ambitions in the next steps in my career - which wouldn't be possible either without the opportunities made available by HC One.”