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Cwm Taf University Health Board Healthcare Academy Award


At an awards evening held in The College, Merthyr Tydfil on June 17, Mr Asaad, Medical Director, was delighted to present a student with the Cwm Taf University Health Board Healthcare Academy award to Luke O’Reilly, aged 17 years.

Luke is a year one student from Afon Taf High School and has won the award due to his outstanding achievement in biology.

After receiving the award Luke said: “Biology is my favourite subject. It’s been a great year.

“I was very surprised to receive the award.”

Stacey Ward, a biology teacher at The College said: “Luke is a very deserving recipient of the award.

“He has worked incredibly hard in biology all year and has been an enthusiastic participant in the Healthcare Academy.”

This is the first year the award has been presented and is the result of a successful alliance with the clinical education team at the Health Board and The College, Merthyr Tydfil to develop and run a Healthcare Academy throughout the 2013/14 academic year.

As part of the new A-level provision in The College, Merthyr Tydfil, the science department has launched a Healthcare Academy in partnership with Cwm Taf University Health Board. The academy is open to all college students who are interested in a career in healthcare and can fully commit to the programme.

The programme has been designed by teachers and clinicians to provide support for learners in the college who have an interest in working within the NHS. The main goals of the programme are:

To help learners find out more about working in the NHS
To develop some of the specific knowledge and skills that are required by the NHS
To provide support for university and job applications
Luke was presented with his award by Mr Kamal Asaad, Medical Director for the Health Board who said: “I am delighted to attend this event and present the award to Luke.

“It is anther positive example of effective partnership working between the NHS and the local universities and colleges working for the benefits of the wider community.”
Source: Cwm Taf University Health Board

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