Joe Maslen has been named Apprentice of the Year at the Skills for Health Our Health Heroes Awards for his work as a radiotherapy apprentice assistant practitioner at Charing Cross Hospital, part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
Maslen first joined the trust in 2020 as a radiotherapy apprentice assistant practitioner and was the first person to hold the apprentice role in the hospital’s radiotherapy department. In nominating him, clinical practice educator Jamie Brooks praised Maslen’s innovative approach and called him a clear ambassador for apprenticeships.
Maslen is currently working at St Mary’s Hospital as a theatre support worker. He said: “I am really grateful to be recognised, but the most important thing for me is to know that I have actually made a difference with the work that I’ve done. I’m very grateful to Jamie Brooks for nominating me and want to thank everyone who voted for me.”
Head of health at UNISON Sara Gorton said: “Congratulations to the finalists and winner of this award. UNISON is delighted to be its sponsor once more, highlighting the up-and-coming stars of the future. Apprenticeships are a fantastic and expanding route into a career in healthcare. The award finalists highlight the huge contribution that apprentices are making and showcase the variety and high quality of apprentice roles in the health service.”
Picture: Maslen (centre) collecting his award from host and comedian Paul Sinha and UNISON vice chair health service group executive Tanya Pretswell, at a ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London.
Published on page 20 of the July 2023 issue of RAD Magazine.