Isa Ullah-Khan, an Apprentice Healthcare Assistant at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, has won silver in the Apprentice of the Year category at the Health Heroes Awards.
Isa, who is completing his Level 2 Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship in the hospital's Trauma and Orthopaedics department, has won the award for being a role model during the Covid-19 pandemic and for his dedication to raising awareness of Black Lives Matter and the BAME Staff Network.
The Apprentice of the Year Award recognises the significant contribution made by an apprentice within their organisation. The apprentices not only go above and beyond, but act as ambassadors for apprenticeships as a route to careers in healthcare.
Isa was nominated for the award early into his apprenticeship by his ward and by Emma Cross, a Wider Workforce Lead Trainer at Nottingham University Hospitals, for embracing all aspects of ward life and always being keen to develop his skills.
Emma said: “Isa started his apprenticeship in June last year, with no experience but he overcame this challenge and now embraces all aspects of ward life.
“He ensures the smooth running of the ward by willingly taking on housekeeper duties, in addition to his usual tasks.
“Isa is also excelling in mouth care for our patients. He has learnt the importance of it for our patients during his training and he makes it his mission to ensure these daily checks are completed.”
Isa, who was inspired by his family to go into healthcare said: "It was great to be nominated and to win a silver award.
“I am really enjoying my apprenticeship and getting stuck into working on the ward. I have learned so much over the past year and look forward to continuing my studies alongside working.”
Edward Argar, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care, said: “A massive congratulations to all of this year’s Our Health Heroes winners but also to all who were nominated. After the most challenging year, now more than ever it's right we celebrate and recognise our entire hardworking and courageous NHS workforce.
“The beating heart of our amazing NHS isn't the hospitals, the buildings, the tech, or the equipment, although these are all vital to the work you do, the beating heart is each and every one of you, so I want to say a big thank you, and please remember that the whole country looks up to you and what you do, every day.”