As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2023 Saeeda, one of our Registered Trust Apprentices, shares her apprenticeship story and gives advice to future apprentices who are considering starting their apprenticeship journey at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week we are joined by Dannielle, who enrolled onto the Level 3 Senior Healthcare support worker apprenticeship and recently completed her apprenticeship programme, achieving a distinction. Dannielle provides an insight into her apprenticeship journey.

Lee Barnes, Associate Director of Staff Wellbeing and Engagement, explains how a strong sense of purpose and colleague care are critical for getting through the hard times. Lee also talks about Colleague Care Month, and how the idea is based on having am dedicated month which helped to showcase colleague care specifically focussing on how colleagues care for each other, how colleagues care for themselves and how the organisation cares for its colleagues.

From 16 November to 16 December we have been celebrating the first ever Disability History Month at ELHT, looking at different aspects of disability and introducing our Disability and Wellness (DAWN) staff network for colleagues.

As part of the month we've spoken to Thomas, a member of our ELHT Family, who has opened up about his disability and how it affects his day-to-day life.

Chanelle Smith, a Junior doctor at ELHT, marks the end of Black History Month by sharing her thoughts on why representation matters and how she feels empowered as a black woman working in healthcare.

Emergency Department, Sanjoy Bhattacharyya, introduces us to the festival of Diwali, and tell us how he celebrates it with friends, family, and colleagues.

Dominic Graham from the Radiology team shares his journey from joining ELHT via the Prince's Trust Kickstart scheme, to then joining the department on a permanent basis in a full time administrative role.