Hugh Baird College apprentice shortlisted for a national healthcare award

A Hugh Baird College and Aintree University Hospital apprentice has been shortlisted for the national '2019 Our Health Heroes Clinical Support Worker of the Year Award'.

Olivia Gillon, 18, is studying her Level 2 Health Apprenticeship while gaining on-the-job training working as a Healthcare Assistant at Aintree University Hospital. Olivia was shortlisted from more than 880 nominations from across the UK for the prestigious award.

Organised by Skills for Health and headline sponsor Health Education England (HEE), the awards celebrate and shine a light on unsung healthcare heroes from across the UK.

Olivia, who has been an apprentice for just over 12 months is amazed at how, in such a short period of time, the care she delivers is not only getting regional recognition but is also gaining national attention.

Olivia, who had previously won the '2019 Our Health Heroes Clinical Support Worker of the Year Award' for the North West, said of her regional award nomination:

I was so proud to have been judged as the best Clinical Support Worker in the North West. To now be nominated for the national award off the back of that is unbelievable. It is a privilege to do the job I do and to positively impact the lives of others on a daily basis.

Once Olivia completes her apprenticeship she has set her sights on becoming a fully qualified Nurse and having a long and rewarding career in the NHS. Olivia added:

Thanks to the incredible support from my ward colleagues, as well as family members who also work in the NHS, I feel I have really found my calling in Nursing. My tutors at Hugh Baird College have also been invaluable and very supportive.

Lynn Masterston, Director of Business of Engagement, said of Olivia’s achievement:

We are extremely proud of what Olivia has achieved. To win the Clinical Support Worker of the Year Award for the North West and to then be nominated for the regional award is outstanding. We are proud to be working with Aintree University Hospital to provide our health apprentices a base from which to launch their careers in the NHS. Olivia is evidence of this and is a true inspiration. We wish Olivia luck with the regional awards.

The '2019 Our Health for Heroes Awards' ceremony takes place in London on Wednesday 20th November. Members of the public can vote for Olivia on the Skills for Health website,, voting closes on Friday 11th October.

If you would like to find out more or for information about the Apprenticeship courses we offer at Hugh Baird College , please visit:, or telephone 0151 353 4444.

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