Christine already had a successful career in catering at North Staffordshire Combined Health Care NHS Trust. However, after being given the opportunity to become a support worker she started to realise her true calling was in teaching.
To move from catering to be a support worker, Christine needed to re-train. She completed a Level 3 Community Mental Health Care certificate, relishing the challenge and enjoying the learning.
During the course she realised that not all the learners were as comfortable as she was. This lead to Christine giving advice and support to those learners who had low confidence levels, helping them achieve success.
Christine’s calm, reassuring and confident approach was noticed and she was soon asked to deliver CPR training. Not long after, she started to deliver the Community Mental Health Care certificate, where she started her own journey.
Christine continues to deliver high quality programmes for health care support workers, and working with third sector partners and service users to ensure their participation. Her learners have gone on to further learning, become social workers, occupational therapists and nurses.
“It is never too late to achieve; everyone regardless of age, ability or disability has the right to study, learn and achieve,” said Christine.
“Christine is commited to her work, extremely knowledgeble of her subject, and passionate about recovery in mental health. It is these values that come shining through when she is delivering the training,” said her nominator Julie.
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