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Chelsea's story

Chelsea's storyChelsea Spain


I joined Medway Community Healthcare in September 2015 as a speech and language therapy (SLT) and nutrition and dietetics (N&D) clinical apprentice. I’m studying for a NVQ level 2 course during the year as well.

I decided to do an apprenticeship, as I have always felt drawn to a career in healthcare, but never had the confidence to go for it. I have always learnt a lot better when I have been doing a more practical role. I have dyslexia, so sometimes I struggle with the written aspects of studying. I was nervous before the interview, but the whole MCH apprenticeship interview process was very relaxed.

My main duties as a clinical apprentice with SLT/N&D are helping the acute teams on the wards at Medway hospital, collecting initial information of patients, reviewing patients and admin duties.

I enjoy being on the wards the most and getting to interact and help with patients. I like being part of the team and helping with the teams’ caseloads.

I have really been enjoying my role as an apprentice; it’s awesome! The team are all so friendly and a pleasure to be around. Everyone’s keen to help and support me. I am learning so much and building my confidence. I really feel blessed to have this opportunity as I am gaining valuable skills in my work life and in my personal growth. All the team are very supportive and create an encouraging and uplifting environment to work in.

I would encourage everyone to do an apprenticeship; it is a great way to experience and build skills in the career you may be interested in.

The apprenticeship has impacted my future plan as now I know I want to continue a career in healthcare. I am very grateful to MCH and the SLT/N&D team for giving me such an amazing opportunity. It can’t always be easy having an apprentice, so I would just like to say thanks for investing time and energy into supporting me along this journey.