NVQ Level 3 Success at Duchy Hospital
Wednesday 12 October 2016

Four nursing staff at Duchy Hospital have recently been awarded their NVQ level 3 in health care. Health care assistants Sue Chase, Maire McCaskie, Amy Charlton and Kim Simmons studied for between 12-18 months to achieve their new qualification.

The course involves completing 22 work based units with a practical assessment on each unit. The units included everything from infection to control to health and safety to learning to take blood.

Sue said that studying for her NVQ level 3 gave her a great sense of achievement and that she enjoyed studying with her colleagues.

She also said: “It has built my confidence and definitely helped me to become more IT literate which was an unexpected benefit! It was hard doing it at the same time as working, but good to be able to apply the knowledge I had learnt in a practical setting.  Duchy Hospital has been very supportive by both funding the course and giving me time off for my studies.”

Maire McCaskie also works on the ward at Duchy Hospital and has completed her NVQ level 3 in healthcare. She has worked at Duchy Hospital for 3 ½ years. Maire said: “I found the specific training about working in a ward environment especially helpful. I’d worked in a care environment previously but not on a ward so this has made me feel much more confident working on the ward.”

Kim Simmons and Amy Charlton work in Outpatients at Duchy Hospital.  Kim has worked at Duchy Hospital for 6 years and Amy for 4 years. Kim originally joined Duchy Hospital as a member of the housekeeping team and she has also worked as a ward clerk, and as a receptionist at the hospital.

Kim and Amy both said that completing the course has given them a real sense of achievement and increased their confidence and intend to take the next level NVQ at some point which will enable them to become Assistant Practitioners.

Amy said: "It was great putting theory into practice with supervision from our inspiring assessors.  I especially enjoyed the section of the course on learning to take blood, it’s such a great skill to have.”

Chris Sealey, General Manager of Duchy Hospital said: “We are very proud of our staff and have a strong ethos of ‘growing our own’ talent, enabling us to ensure that staff remain motivated and committed, by offering them the opportunity to continue to develop their knowledge and skills, throughout their careers.