Progression through training – spotlight on Peterborough

At Althea we are passionate about supporting our staff through internal and external training as a way of investing in the future of our people.  Many benefits stem from this such as developing new skills, staying up to date with industry changes and increasing productivity.

The result we are seeing across the organisation is an employee base that remains committed to improvement, both to themselves individually and to Althea as a whole. Everyone has a different training journey and here are a few examples of how staff based in Peterborough City Hospital have made the most of training opportunities to progress their careers.

In September 2018, Louise Spridgeon joined Althea as an Equipment Library Co-ordinator, she has now started her six-month module passing the physiology, monitoring and infusion devices exams already. We are delighted that Louise will be starting college in September pursuing her ambition to become a Biomedical Engineer.

Another great example is Joseph Roberts, who started at Althea as a Medical Engineer in November 2015 after working as a Medical Equipment Engineer in the RAF.  During his time at Althea Joseph has completed a wide range of OEM courses and is currently studying for a degree in Medical Equipment Technologies with Staffordshire University. All the training has paid off and Joseph was promoted to Senior Medical Engineer last year and has this week been promoted again to a Team Leader.

Craig Elvin also started at Althea as a trainee and is now a Biomedical Engineer completing his degree alongside Joseph after completing his National Certificate. Another great example of progression.

David Kennedy and Michael Woloschuk both began their careers with Althea. David was originally an Equipment Library Co-ordinator but is now working on a Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Engineering course with a plan to become a fully trained Engineer. To support his knowledge David has also done in-house training courses including Electrical Safety and Stryker defibrillators. He has this week been promoted to a Junior Biomedical Engineer.

Similarly Michael started as an Equipment Library Co-ordinator before moving to a Junior/Trainee Engineer whilst still filling in for the library role. Over the years Michael has completed a City and Guilds Level 1 course, a 2-year BTEC ONC course in Electronic Engineering (with a Double Distinction) and a 2-year HNC course at Anglia Ruskin College which he also completed with a distinction. We are delighted to say that Michael is now a Medical Engineer.

Remamone Husain started in November 2017 as a Junior Medical Engineer. Since starting she has been on various OEM training courses, attended in-house training on Olympus stacks at our Southend-on-Sea facility as well as training courses at the Trust for a number of different devices.  In July 2018 Remamone was promoted to Medical Engineer.

Finally, John Boulter, who joined Althea in January 2018 as an Equipment Library Co-ordinator, has been going through his first year of BTEC Electrical/Electronic Engineering on day release at college. John has also undertaken various OEM training sessions and has been promoted to a Junior Biomedical Engineer.

These are amazing examples of training enhancing progression – well done everyone for all your hard work and excellent progress!