I went straight from school to working as an apprentice Health Care Assistant at Springmead GP Surgery in Chard with the ambition to become a practice nurse. The way I chose to do a Clinical Healthcare Support Apprenticeship was through Richard Huish College.
The apprenticeship sounded really interesting and I thought it would benefit me for my future career. I am learning new things all the time and really enjoying it. I carry out blood tests, test patients INRs, urine tests, blood pressure checks, ECGs, fit patients with ABPMs (24hr BP monitor), weight monitoring, new patient checks and stitches removal.
I also help out in the baby immunisation clinic putting all the recalls onto the patient’s notes. I assist the doctor when there is a minor op clinic too. I am attending a course soon to learn how to give injections and complete spirometry with patients. Once I have completed my apprenticeship; I am aiming to go onto university to get my nursing degree and hopefully when that’s completed, become a practice nurse and then a midwife.
I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship. You gain so much experience whilst learning at the same time, and you know there is always somebody around if you’re unsure of something.