Apprentice of the Year Rhiannon Rees-Jones with Martin Cox (left) and Cllr Matthew Golby

Rising stars of our county’s health and care workforce have been honoured at the third annual Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership Apprenticeship Celebration Event.

Held to mark the climax of National Apprenticeship Week 2020, the awards evening saw more than 40 winners recognised for going above and beyond the call of duty in the course of their work – celebrating the value of apprenticeships for individuals and for health and social care organisations as employers.

Apprentices honoured on the night across 10 awards categories represented Northampton and Kettering General Hospitals, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, adult social care, primary care and St Andrew’s Healthcare.

The coveted Apprentice of the Year award went to Rhiannon Rees-Jones from Northamptonshire Adult Social Serivces, pictured right with Northamptonshire County Council Human Resources Director Martin Cox and Northamptonshire County Council Leader Cllr Matthew Golby.

Reacting to her awards success Rhiannon said: “To win Apprentice of the Year was phenomenally incredible and I feel really honoured. As someone with Asperger’s life can be pretty challenging, but I no longer see it as a barrier. I have achieved things I never thought I would thanks to the support of my friends, family and work colleagues.”

Toby Sanders, NHCP Lead and Chief Executive of Northamptonshire CCGs, was a keynote speaker at the event. He said: “This event evidences how our partners are looking beyond traditional hiring routes, by growing our own talent and shouting about the value they already see from diversifying their workforce, by the sheer number of nominations received.

“There has been great change with apprenticeships over the last two years, which has seen an increase in the variety of apprenticeship programmes and levels offered, plus new routes into careers for existing and ‘true’ apprentices and this is steadily expanding with a growing number of apprenticeships and the routes available.”

Apprenticeship programmes provide routes into a variety of careers and our county’s health and care organisations are committed to offering apprenticeship opportunities at all levels – both for new recruits starting out on their careers and also for existing staff to develop and progress.

For more information about health and care apprenticeships in Northamptonshire, employers can contact:

NHCP Apprenticeship Awards 2020 – the winners in full


Category Winners
Apprentice of the Year Rhiannon Rees-Jones (adult social care)
Behind the Scenes Award Rhiannon Rees-Jones (adult social care)
Elanor Jones (KGH)
Thomas Davis (NGH)
Joshua Helyer (NHFT)
Penny Haywood (St Andrew’s Healthcare)
County Nurse Award Lisa Whittle (KGH)
Cherylyn Holmes (NHFT)
Niall Spencer (St Andrew’s Healthcare)
Sophie Bettelley (primary care)
Newcomer Award Jake Harrison (KGH)
Patrick McCarlie (NHFT)
Harry Berkley Blezard (St Andrew’s Healthcare)
Our Values Award Karen Burrows (adult social care)
Jessica Gibbons (KGH)
Josie Prydderch (NGH)
Juliette Ashby (NHFT)
Michelle Brennan (St Andrew’s Healthcare)
Patient Experience Award Julie Wotherspoon (adult social care)
Pietro Fraterrigo (KGH)
Casey Brown (NHFT)
Paul Bishop (St Andrew’s Healthcare)
Chloe Wilson (primary care)
Personal Achievement Award Roxanne Cave (adult social care)
Emma Hunter (KGH)
Jake Pile (NGH)
Rachel Hambrook (NHFT)
Bethany Hakesley (St Andrew’s Healthcare)
Nicole McMillan (primary care)
Team Working Award Anna Pawluk-Ponicka (adult social care)
Rosie Lever (KGH)
Gavin Luck (NGH)
Sophie Capps (NHFT)
Ellie Barker (primary care)
Apprentice Mentor Award Vanessa Morley (KGH)
Laura Gilson (NGH)
Clare White (NHFT)
Sarah Goode (St Andrew’s Healthcare)
Apprentice Manager Award Natalie Billing (adult social care)
Michelle Bone (KGH)
Jane Thompson (NGH)
Ellie Boon (NHFT)
Jane Wittering (St Andrew’s Healthcare)