Oldham Cadets shine at North West graduation ceremony

Posted on: 29 June 2015

All 18 students who have just graduated from Oldham College’s multi-professional cadet scheme, joined around 400 other cadets from the whole North West region, all in full uniform, at a ceremony to celebrate their success.

The Health Education North West’s (HENW) Annual Cadet Award Ceremony, hosted by Skills for Health Academy North West took place at the Bridgewater Hall recently. The event welcomed almost 1,000 guests to celebrate the cadets’ achievements from the past year and to give recognition to the collaboration between HENW, Skills for Health and their local Trusts, colleges and training partners throughout the year.

Oldham student Vannessa Pavlovsky won a special merit award for going above and beyond, during her time on the programme and was presented with her certificate by Laura Roberts, Director at Health Education England (North). Vannessa was congratulated for her excellent academic profile, attendance and punctuality, combined with her real passion for care and its delivery. Her placement staff describe her as ‘a highly motivated individual with a positive attitude, lovely manner and caring nature, who is always keen to participate.’

Oldham College students were selected to present a cheque to Dementia UK, the cadets’ designated charity, due to their significant contribution towards the fund-raising effort. Their activities ranged from a cake sale, running a £10k race and a Pyjama day when all the students came to College in their sleep wear, including Lisa Hill, the Clinical Educator, who taught in her pyjamas. Oldham cadets are still collecting the monies but have already raised over £800 out of the total regional contribution of £5,530.

Lisa Hill, Oldham College’s course tutor and Cadet Clinical Educator for Skills Academy for Health North West said: “All our cadets should be really proud of themselves. Their dedication and commitment, not just to the course but to their fantastic fund-raising efforts, is really second to none. I am also really impressed with their excellent teamwork ethos as they have all supported each other brilliantly throughout the programme.”

At the ceremony, Sir Keith Pearson, Chair of Health Education England, reflected how the graduating cadets were critical to the future of compassionate and excellent healthcare services. He encouraged the cadets to grasp the opportunities that their future holds, recognising that their graduation was a tremendous personal achievement but also realising that with the clear talent that they reflected, the NHS can be confident that health care services will indeed be safe in their hands.

Cadets have a genuine interest in caring for people and work hard in both college and on work placements in order to gain the necessary qualifications and experience. From nursing and midwifery to occupational therapy etc, the Multi-Professional Cadet Scheme provides preparation for a career within the health sector. The training programme enables students to work alongside professionals in a variety of NHS & social care settings under the supervision of a mentor.