Your Name: Anna Leather

Your Employer / Trust: Sheffield Children’s Hospital

What apprenticeship are you studying and what does the study involve?

I am studying a master’s degree in advanced clinical practice. This involves an equal mix of academic study and working in clinical practice. 

Why did you want to do the apprenticeship?

Having worked as a nurse for 15 years I was ready for a new challenge that involved working directly with patients. I had also been looking into getting a master’s degree. The apprenticeship route of study has provided funding for this training which encompasses both the academic and clinical challenge and progression I was looking for.

 What is your current role?

I am a Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner working on the Paediatric Critical Care Unit

How did you get into your current role?

I had worked as a nurse on Critical Care since qualifying in 2007. After 7 years, I moved into management roles, working as a Bed Manager and then a Ward Manager. When the training post on Critical Care was advertised, I felt the role of Advanced Clinical Practitioner would allow me to use my existing skills and experience whilst developing new and interesting skills at the same time.

What has been your proudest achievement on your apprenticeship to date?

I am proud to be able to provide advanced clinical care to patients within the critical care unit. I am continuously gaining new knowledge and skills, both the course and the clinical team that support my training have pushed me to do more than I thought I could. I am also proud of the academic achievements in the university modules I have studied so far and being able to succeed in this training whilst balancing a young family as well.  

What do you want to do once you complete your apprenticeship?

I will work as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner on Paediatric Critical Care at Sheffield Children’s Hospital

What would you say to someone considering an apprenticeship?

I would encourage anyone to consider an apprenticeship. It allows for a balance of practical work and academic study which complement each other. I feel this approach accelerates the learning process whilst also keeping it challenging and interesting. It is a route that can work well with family life.