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Trust Wins North West Regional Award for Third Year Running

Newsdate: 1 June 2011

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust’s (WWL) Training and Development Department hosted a series of events trust wide to celebrate the 20th Year of Adult Learners Week.

There were various promotions by Training and Development staff, throughout the week, including presentations and walkabouts across all departments.

Gaye Jackson, Head of CPD and Education Partnerships, NHS North West and Patricia Bishton, Secretary, Speech and Language Therapy Department at Leigh Infirmary

There were various promotions by Training and Development staff, throughout the week, including presentations and walkabouts across all departments. The aim of the week was to provide motivation to all staff to participate in lifelong learning and to celebrate their achievements. The week also offers the opportunity to pursue training.

A special celebration awards ceremony was held at Wigan Cricket Club. Certificates were presented by Robert Armstrong, Non-Executive Director and Jon Lenney, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development to WWL staff that had been successful in achieving nationally recognised qualifications. Gaye Jackson, Head of CPD & Education Partnerships, NHS North West was in attendance and presented the NHS North West Awards.

Every year NHS North West invite Trusts across the region to nominate employees who have excelled in selected categories. For the third year running the Trust was successful in winning first place in the Skills for Life in the Health and Social Care Category and as an added bonus this year, we were also successful in winning second place in the same category.

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.

This year’s winner was Patricia Bishton who works as a Secretary in the Speech and Language Therapy Department at Leigh Infirmary. Patricia has successfully achieved her Level 2 Certificate in Adult Literacy and is now working towards the Level 2 Certificate in Adult Numeracy. Patricia is a testament to the saying “life begins at forty”. She has demonstrated that despite what life throws at you, it is possible to overcome a multitude of obstacles, even when you think life may just be conspiring against you!

Since her achievement Patricia has developed more confidence, a higher self-esteem and a more positive outlook on life which demonstrates how powerful learning is. Patricia is delighted and proud of her achievement and says “I jumped for joy when I got my results”.

Gail Swift, Deputy Director of Organisational Development and Lifelong 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.”

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