Trust comes out on top at awards ceremony

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust manager and student scoop the win at a prestigious awards ceremony.

The Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) held its annual awards ceremony to celebrate the achievement of students undertaking RSPH qualifications. 

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust currently delivers training to anatomical pathology technologists who work within NHS and Public mortuaries. The trust has an excellent reputation in delivering the theoretical  aspects of the RSPH Level 3 Diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technology. Specialising with students trained in practical competencies in mortuary work within their home department,  the training is a hands on effort between the trust and the home mortuaries.  

Michelle Lancaster, the lead course facilitator for the trust attended the awards in support of the second RSPH award winner from the mortuary students who attended the training at the North Tees trust. 

Paul Abrahams, from Southend University Hospital Trust qualified with the Diploma in September 2016 and was presented with the prestigious “Heggie Award” for qualifying with the highest national exam score during the award ceremony. The award is named after Dr James Heggie, an eminent pathologist who insisted and even petitioned government in the 1950s and 60s to have appropriately and adequately trained staff assisting during the post mortem examination procedure and caring for patients and the bereaved in the mortuary environment. 

Paul was an excellent student whilst with the trust, always giving 100% commitment to his studies, which included undertaking 4 exams, 5 assignments, a portfolio of practical competency and a practical competency assessment – his award is extremely well deserved! 

At the end of the student award ceremony the RSPH introduced an inaugural award – the “RSPH Award for Excellence in Leaner Support” this award was presented to Michelle Lancaster for her support, commitment and dedication to the trainee APTs undertaking the Level 3 Diploma. This was a complete surprise to Michelle who believed she was only in attendance to support and congratulate Paul on his Heggie Award achievement.  

Mortuary and Bereavement Services Manager at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, Michelle Lancaster said: ” I would like to thank the RSPH for their very lovely surprise but would also like to thank all of my colleagues from within the trust who supported me during the delivery of the training from organising the room bookings, to delivering expert presentations, to dealing with finance aspects, to organising transport, to marking assignments all of which makes it easier for me to support the mortuary students as a whole. “



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