Four Mersey Care apprentices appeared recently in a case study conducted by NHS Health Education England:
What is your name? My name is Lauren Leyden and I am 25 years old.
Where do you work? I work at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.
Which apprenticeship are you doing and what does the study involve? I am studying to be a learning disability nurse on the 4-year LD Nursing apprenticeship with Edge Hill University.
My apprenticeship involves various placements in Mersey Care hospitals, attending Edge Hill University and working in my substantive post, now based at Rowan View Medium Secure Unit. My proudest achievement on my apprenticeship to date has been receiving first class results throughout in all my assignments.
What does your job role involve? I have come from Scott clinic MSU working on a male mental health admission ward. Since moving to rowan view in November my job role has changed massively. I am now working on the women’s learning disability service which is really challenging and vastly different, so I am learning every day along the way.
Why did you want to do an apprenticeship?
I had previous experience in forensic psychiatry and an interest in learning disabilities. 80% of the prison population either has a mental health problem or a learning disability so it is important to help the vulnerable individuals that slip through the net. I chose to do the apprenticeship as I wanted to develop in my career.
I had worked as a nursing assistant in Mersey Care for a number of years and loved my role. I wanted to progress in this field and thought the apprenticeship would be the perfect opportunity. I had a psychology degree and realised halfway through the course that I wanted to be a nurse. This also meant that I wouldn’t be able to afford to go back to university myself as I had already attended be fore and
couldn’t apply for student finance. So the apprenticeship was the perfect opportunity for my goals. I would not have been able to
become qualified without the nurse apprenticeship as I physically could not afford to go back to university.
What do you want to do once you qualify?
The future is so uncertain with the current climate and COVID-19 pandemic. However up to now, once I qualify in September 2022, I will be a registered learning disability nurse based at Rowan View Hospital.
Watch this space for the next apprentice from the study!