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Trust wins Regional Award during Adult Learners Week

Newsdate: 24th May 2010

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust’s (WWL) Training and Development Department hosted a series of events trust wide to celebrate Adult Learners Week.

There were various promotions by Training and Development staff, throughout the week, including canteen presentations and tea time and evening walkabouts across all departments.  The aim of the week was to provide motivation to all staff to participate in life long learning and celebrate their achievements as well as offering training opportunities.

A special celebration awards ceremony was held at Wrightington Hospital and Robert Armstrong, Non-Executive Director, presented certificates to WWL staff that had been successful in achieving nationally recognised qualifications.   Gaye Jackson, Head of CPD & Education Partnerships, NHS North West also presented the NHS North West Awards.
Staff pictured with certificates at the Trust Adult Learners Presentation

Every year NHS North West invite Trusts across the region to nominate employees who have excelled in selected categories. For the second year running the Trust was successful in winning the following category: Skills for Life in the Health and Social Care Sector.

This award is for inspiring individuals who have embraced Skills for Life development and who have been transformed by learning or individuals who have improved their own work and career prospects.

The winner was Janet Worthington, Receptionist in the X-Ray department at Wrightington Hospital.  Janet has successfully achieved her Level 2 Certificate in Adult Literacy and Adult Numeracy. Initially, Janet had found the thought of going back to studying daunting never having undertaken learning since her school days.

Since her achievement Janet has developed more confidence, a higher self-esteem and now offers help, support and motivation to her work colleagues who are also undertaking this award.  Janet is continuing her learning journey and has recently enrolled for the NVQ Administration Level 2 award.

Janet says “I’ve really got the learning bug, my lifelong dream is to have a degree and I feel I can do it and will do whatever it takes to achieve my dream.”

Gail Swift, Deputy Director of Organisational Development and Life long Learning said: “We are delighted that our staff have worked so hard in furthering their skills and education.  Our overall aim in Training and Development is to demonstrably raise our staff skills and competencies to improve the quality of the care we give to our patients.   We would like to publically thank Wigan and Leigh College who work in partnership with us to deliver training to our staff.”