A culture of supporting young talent is paying off for County
Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, as 21 year old
Jessica Bailey, who works for the Trust as a project support
officer, has been shortlisted in the 'Student of the Year' category
of the Association of Project Managers' national awards.
Initially, Jessica, who currently lives in Newton Aycliffe, but
is originally from Saltburn, joined the Trust in May 2017 on a
placement, as part of her degree in project management with Leeds
Beckett University, helping develop plans for a new Emergency Care
Centre at University Hospital of North Durham. Jessica
was such an asset to the team, and as part of the Trust's
commitment to support and develop talent, the University agreed
Jessica could continue working while she completed her
Jessica is supported in her work by Bill Headley, project
director and Elaine Criddle, operational project manager, who
said: "Jessica being shortlisted in these awards is absolutely
brilliant. It is a testament to the importance of supporting young
talent and the benefits they can bring to an organisation like
ours. Jessica brings a different perspective to the work, she
challenges us and contributes different ideas and suggestions which
are valuably based on the theory she is gaining through her degree.
We hope she goes on to win but just being shortlisted in the final
three is a fantastic achievement in itself."
Jessica said, "I was really delighted when, at the end of my
placement, the Trust asked if I wanted to continue working with
them - it's what many students dream will happen. The
university recognised this was a great opportunity for me so agreed
I can work 3.5 days a week for the Trust and I commute to Leeds on
the remaining 1.5 days. I'm finding that my studies are
benefiting from my working experience and visa versa. I feel
Winners will be announced later in the month.
Published 13th March 2019
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital