‘I want to work in dementia care’
A new apprenticeship scheme in East Anglia has helped Megan Burrows discover and embrace her vocation
A new apprenticeship scheme in East Anglia has helped Megan Burrows discover and embrace her vocation.
On leaving school two years ago, Megan Burrows had ‘absolutely no idea’ what she wanted to do.
But thanks to a place on one of the UK’s first integrated health and social care apprenticeship schemes, she is on a well-planned pathway to a nursing career. Ms Burrows’ decision to join a caring profession came after gaining a BTEC in media studies, then spending three months working as a volunteer in a remote Indian village.
She says: ‘Seeing how villagers’ health was affected by lack of clean water, sanitation and health care persuaded me to opt for a career that could make a difference to people’s lives.’
On returning home to Norfolk – still unsure what shape her caring career would take – Ms Burrows secured one of six places on Health Education East of England’s (HEEoE) newly established health and social care apprenticeship pilot.
Launched last year, and supported by City College Norwich (CCN) in partnership with Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Norfolk County Council and Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support, the 12-month scheme enables apprentices to gain care qualifications while undertaking work experience. They work in acute hospital health and community social care settings within one apprenticeship framework.
This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 36