Publish date: 24 May 2024

Two Tameside Hospital workers have been shortlisted for the same award at the Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards 2024.

Trish Bromley and Kriss Randles made it into the final three in the Learner of the Year category.

This award recognises an individual that is committed to their learning and uses it to improve the way they work and support their team, and is only open to apprentices, students or those undertaking continued professional development.

The Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards are organised by NHS Greater Manchester. First held in 2018, they are an opportunity to show recognition and gratitude to those working hard to improve the health and wellbeing of the people in our communities.

All shortlisted nominations will be considered by a judging panel and the winners announced at a sponsored event on 11 July 2024. 


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Trish Bromley

Trish, an Assistant Head Chef, recently completed the Production Chef Level 2 Apprenticeship.

Trish joined the Trust back in 2003 as a catering assistant. In 2022 she was promoted to her new position and began an apprenticeship with the encouragement and support of managers.

As Trish did not have GCSE English or maths, she was also able to study for Level 2 Functional Skills, an alternative qualification to GCSEs, alongside her apprenticeship.

In total, Trish undertook an apprenticeship, Functional Skills and an additional award, all while continuing her full-time job.

Trish overcame this challenge and passed her apprenticeship with a distinction - a remarkable achievement having left school 40 years ago.


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Kriss Randles

Kriss is an Occupational Therapy Apprentice and was inspired to work in occupational therapy by his brother Matthy, who had acrodysostosis, a rare genetic condition that causes multiple learning disabilities.

Following his brother's sad passing last year, Kriss is keen to continue to use his position and knowledge to help others in similar situations.

He was also named Learner of the Year by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists last year, in recognition of his outstanding academic and professional progress.