A talented Rotherham health worker has been recognised with a top prize at the finals of the World Skills UK competition.
Melissa McTague, a Trainee Assistant Practitioner at Rotherham Hospital, won the bronze award following her success in the regional heats earlier this year. Melissa, who is undertaking her training with Sheffield College, works on Ward B5 at the hospital and entered the competition to help increase her skills and continue her professional development.
As part of the competition, which took place at Birmingham’s NEC, Melissa had to undertake eight different scenarios alongside nine other contenders. She also delivered a series of demonstrations to attendees at the competition.
Melissa, who lives in Brecks, Rotherham, said: “It has been a fantastic and rewarding process to be involved in and I would recommend anyone to get involved if they can. I met lots of great people, learnt a lot of new skills and learnt a lot about myself.
“My managers and the wider Trust have been really supportive and I really appreciate being able to do this whilst having a full time job."
Melissa has also been asked to return as part of next year’s judging panel. She commented: “I’m am really proud to have been asked to coach and judge some of next year’s contestants. It has been a real confidence boost and helped me realise that I am doing things right and making a positive difference to patients.”
Chris Morley, Chief Nurse at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Melissa has done amazingly well and we are very proud of her achievements. It is always great to see colleagues like Melissa who want to continue developing their careers to ensure they can always provide the very best care for our patients. Well done Melissa.”