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Nursing Apprentice Sophie wins NHCP County Nurse Award

Sophie Bettelley (first-year Adult Nurse Apprenticeship student) has become the proud recipient of the Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership (NHCP) County Nurse Award.

Award winners are drawn from all of Northamptonshire’s NHS trusts as a celebration of invaluable contribution to the local health and care workforce. Sophie was nominated by her line manager, Mrs Jane Evans of Mawsley Surgery:

“Sophie was chosen as she is so organised and dedicated to both her studies and her work.  She is always so full of energy and everyone really enjoys being around her. She exhibits a really positive and professional attitude.”

Sophie said about her experience:

“I am very pleased to win the award - it was a lovely surprise. It’s great to know that I am developing well as a nurse.

I am, by trade, a Project Manager. I had always wanted to be a nurse as a child, but life didn’t quite go that way. After I got married and had my 2 children, I accepted a role as a Health Care Assistant at my village practice, who recognised my drive and passion and have encouraged me to complete my degree.

The OU degree apprenticeship has been fundamental, and literally life-changing: I could not now give up work to attend university full-time, so being able to earn a wage and complete my studies at a well-respected institute has been a fantastic opportunity. Modules are thought provoking, there are great resources available and the support from tutors, specifically my programme lead Fiona, has been outstanding!

I would say to anyone considering an OU apprenticeship to go for it. No one day is the same, and you can implement theory and practice simultaneously with a fantastic level of support.”

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