Barnsley Hospital’s Shavaune Herbert took first prize at the recent regional qualifying heats of the world’s largest vocational skills competition, WorldSkills UK, which aims to find the best adult health and social care students and workers in the country.
A Trainee Assistant Practitioner (TAP) at the Trust, Shavaune was one of ten competitors at Shipley College, required to demonstrate their skills to the highest level, taking part in a range of scenarios before a panel of experts, which replicated situations health and social care workers would face in everyday situations. They also undertook a multiple choice test and worked as a group.
Shavaune is one of five TAPs on an 18 month programme which supports registered nurses in the pre-assessment and continence teams at Barnsley Hospital. With day release to The Sheffield College, students develop and consolidate clinical skills to gain knowledge which complements work-based training.
Of the award, she said: “It’s one of the hardest things that I’ve had to do in a professional capacity. So much so that I was nearly in tears at one point.
“It was probably because it was such a different experience but one that I’d recommend to anyone contemplating doing it.
“I had to rely on a wide skill set, some of which came through personal experien
ce. I had to show organisation, communication and compassion which I had to do anyway when my mother was undergoing her chemotherapy treatment.
“When I was announced as the winner, I was in complete shock as there was no way that I was expecting it and had only actually gone for the experience! It’s certainly given me a lot of confidence.”
Eight successful candidates will go through to the finals held at the NEC in Birmingham in November.