Apprenticeships at Guy's and St Thomas'
Find out from some of our apprentices what surprised them most about their apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships at Guy's and St Thomas' – video transcript
My name is Camilla, I used to be a business admin apprentice at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital and I am now a patient access officer.
The one thing that surprised me about my apprenticeship was I was instantly accepted and treated as if I was a permanent member and it's been excellent ever since.
More than 15,000 people work at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, up to a hundred of them are apprentices, you can be one of them.
You'll get a qualification, a job, experience, a wage and lots of training. It's a perfect way to start your NHS career.
Let's meet the other apprentices.
My name's Louie, I'm an engineering apprentice. My job takes me all over the hospital, from top to bottom. The one thing I really found surprising about my job was that I never thought my role would have an impact on theatre procedures.
My name is Daniel and I'm an apprentice in sterile services and I never thought to this day that I'd be learning the names of all the surgical instruments. It's a bit crazy that I'm doing it and I've learnt how to do it but I'm very happy to be here.
My name is Jessica, I'm one of the apprentice dental nurses. I love my job and I never thought I'd have so much responsibility working closely with the dentist and being part of the patient's care. And I get a qualification at the end of it.
Camilla: Whatever career you want, an apprenticeship will help get you there. And you won't spend your day making the tea. Apply for an apprenticeship at Guy's and St Thomas', start your NHS career here.
Apprenticeships are designed to give talented people an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification while completing on the job training with our skilled staff members.
Apprenticeships last between 12 months and four years depending on the type of programme you apply for.
We have won multiple awards for our programmes, and our apprenticeships are endorsed by our senior leaders.
What you’ll get with us
Our apprenticeship teams provide high-quality support to help you with your career journey. You will receive excellent training from our chosen training providers, a chance to network and meet other apprentices on your journey, and a forum for you to put forward innovative ideas to change our services for the better. Whatever your career goals, you will find help and support to get you where you need to be.
Our line managers recruit apprentices into real roles while providing support and mentoring for your long-term career goals. Our managers are involved because they want to impact your life in a positive way and help provide you with skills needed to help our patients.
At Guy’s and St Thomas’, we strive to be the best and want to help you achieve your best too. We offer a wide range of apprenticeships to suit your potential and help you on your journey to a career in the NHS.
We recruit apprentices at different times of the year and pay and conditions are variable.
We currently offer apprenticeships in:
- Business administration
- Dental nursing
- Project management
- Customer services
- Electrical engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Finance AAT
Find out about the many benefits of working for our Trust.
Three staff tell us what it’s like to be an apprentice at Guy’s and St Thomas’.
Darren Ash, 22, completed a 12 month business administration apprenticeship in the kidney clinic in renal outpatients at Guy’s Hospital in June 2017.
Darren, who was named South London Apprenticeship Winner at the Health Education England National NHS Celebration Awards in April 2017, says: “My experience of being an apprentice was amazing – it exceeded all expectations. It allowed me to grow as a person, learn and develop new skills, which have helped me massively ever since.
“The biggest challenge I faced was dealing with patients going through difficult health problems, being able to show empathy whilst also working towards departmental targets.
“This is something that eventually becomes natural, but is difficult to begin with.
“For me personally, I learned that I could achieve anything I put my mind to. I learned that I can adapt to new situations, settle into new teams and work well with people of all ages.
“One thing I am very proud of is that I had a big role in creating a new permanent clinic for dialysis patients to bring down waiting times and supporting the treatment provided by the department.
“For me, it gave me the confidence that I could achieve anything. Within 18 months I have gone from applying for the apprenticeship, to completing the apprenticeship and securing a team leader role.
“Now I’m team leader for the patient access team in clinical genetics and responsible for a team of six people who look after our reception, appointments and referrals.
“I am hoping to continue my path up the ladder within the NHS. Before joining the NHS I didn’t know if it was something I wanted to do, but now I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
Shahajan Miah, became a business administration apprentice in October 2016, working with the London Procurement Partnership, which is hosted by the Trust.
Shahajan says: “I had spent two years at university and was over £20,000 in debt and I felt that I wanted to try something else without getting deeper into debt.
“The main benefits of doing an apprenticeship is that you can earn while you learn, receive a personalised mentor and hands on training.
“Being in procurement (finding and buying goods and services) is so self-fulfilling. Although it is non-clinical, you are helping the NHS behind the scenes – every day. Bringing in added value and saving money, which in turn can be used to benefit patients in other areas."
Working at the Trust has opened doors to new opportunities for Shahajan, who recently attended an event alongside Guy’s and St Thomas Chief Executive, Amanda Pritchard.
He says of this experience: “This event was one of the highlights of the year. I couldn’t believe I was paired up with Amanda Pritchard on the judging panel. She was so brilliant and made me feel at ease and comfortable, always asking me what my opinion was. Having those moments to spend with her is an inspiration in itself.
“I am now working to support more recent and younger apprentices in their work, to increase their understanding of procurement and what we do for the NHS and the wider public sector."
Hannah Wicks, 21, completed her business administration apprenticeship in May 2016, working initially in the assisted conception unit at Guy’s Hospital.
She says: “My apprenticeship had a huge impact on me. It kick started my career and there is no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my apprenticeship.
“I never felt like an apprentice, which was important to me. This role definitely broke the stereotype and showed me that apprenticeships are a lot more valuable than most people would think.
“Now I’m the patient pathway coordinator for the inherited cardiac conditions team. I help make sure that we have all the relevant information when we see patients. I’m currently assisting with setting up a new clinic, working alongside other hospitals. I’m also helping to look at how our services and procedures can be improved for the benefit of our patients.”
“To anyone considering an apprenticeship, I would say definitely do it. The experience you gain is immeasurable. Plus it can really take you places and teach you a lot about yourself, where you want to be and the career path you want to take.”
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