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Second place for standout apprentice at awards

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Sophie Pomroy, an apprentice at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH), has won the Silver award in the Apprentice of the Year category of the Skills for Health Our Health Heroes Awards 2019.

Sophie was recognised for her outstanding ability to quickly adapt to the level of responsibility she has taken on following staff changes.

This included setting up the OUH Apprentices Network, which supports and advises other young apprentices, and being an Apprenticeship Ambassador for the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) to encourage school pupils to consider apprenticeships.

After winning her award, Sophie said: "To be awarded the Silver award for Apprentice of the Year is an incredible honour so early on in my career and my apprenticeship journey.

"Being recognised for the hard work I have put into the role is the best feeling, and I hope to continue to inspire and engage future apprentices within the NHS."

Sophie, who finished second based on a public vote and judging scores awarded during the shortlisting process, attended the awards ceremony in London on 20 November 2019 knowing she would win one of the Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes.

Claire Wardle, Apprenticeship Lead at the Trust, said: "We are so proud of Sophie for winning the Silver award.

"Sophie is truly an inspiration and great role model to our current apprentices. Her energy and enthusiasm to raise the profile of apprenticeships and support for apprentices is remarkable.

"She really is making a difference to the apprenticeship agenda both within the Trust and nationally.

"The Apprenticeship Network that she has been instrumental in forming provides a fantastic support for our apprentices and is proving very popular."

John Rogers, Chief Executive of Skills for Health, said: "For the fourth year running I've been stunned by the quality of the nominations we have received for the Our Health Heroes awards.

"Congratulations to all of our winners; these awards are a testament to your hard work and commitment to healthcare across the UK."

Find out more about apprenticeships with OUH.

Pictured: From left, Co-host Dr Dawn Harper; Sophie Pomroy, apprentice at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; and Sara Gorton, Head of Health at UNISON