Charing Cross Hospital apprentice in the running for national award

Joe Maslen joined the radiotherapy department at Charing Cross Hospital as a radiotherapy apprentice assistant practitioner in 2020. He has been named as a finalist for the national Our Health Heroes Awards, delivered by Skills for Health.

Joe was the first person to be hired into such a role as the apprenticeship position previously did not exist within the department. Nevertheless, he has hit the ground running, exceeding all expectations, says clinical practice educator Jamie Brooks: 

“Since joining Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Joe has been quite the innovator, creating a pilot infection control project that reduced both virus and bacteria levels passively in the radiotherapy department. This is now being further extended to the oncology wards within the hospital.

"Joe has also assisted in a major quality improvement project, working with a consultant clinical oncologist and other staff to collect data on primary brain tumour patients and is working with a Society of Radiographers group to help redefine delegation, supervision, and governance for radiography support workers.”

“He is a clear ambassador for apprenticeships,” Jamie continues.

In addition to this long list of achievements, Joe is an ambassador for the North West London Allied Health Professionals (AHP) and has joined a Health Education England organisation committee. He has presented at HEE's Capital AHP Support Worker celebration shining stars event, discussing leadership and research/quality improvement (QI) and has developed a skills passport for use within the Trust. This is in the process of being signed off by the Trust and will potentially be rolled out nationally.

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The Skills for Health Our Health Heroes is sponsored by Unison, NHS England, NHS Employers and more.

Gold, silver and bronze Apprentice of the Year award winners will be announced at a special ceremony held in London on 7th June.

Find out more about the Our Health Heroes Awards.

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About Skills for Health Our Health Heroes Awards

Skills for Health have been championing the voices of the UK healthcare workforce since 2002. As the Sector Skills Council for Health, they have collaborated with thousands of NHS and healthcare providers to develop solutions that improve skills, jobs, and roles to achieve better patient outcomes.

Our Health Heroes was created to champion real people, who are at the heart of our healthcare system. Now more than ever we need to celebrate and say ‘thank you’ to the thousands of unsung heroes up and down the country.

Now in its seventh year, they cannot wait to welcome some of the incredible shining stars of the health and care sectors to a glittering awards ceremony at the QE2 Centre in London to reveal the winners of the Our Health Heroes Awards 2023.