As an apprentice porter, Lee Donnelly has brought smiles to the faces of hundreds of patients he has supported at Pinderfields Hospital.
And his outstanding work was recognised when the 27-year-old from Morley beat hundreds of people from across the region to make it to the finals of the Health Education Yorkshire The Humber Apprentice Awards. Lee, a finalist in the Non-Clinical Apprentice of the Year category, said: “I am delighted to have got so far - and it helps that I work with such a brilliant team.” Lee joined the Trust in April 2012 as a Level 2 Healthcare Support apprentice, carrying out the practical duties alongside classroom-based work at Barnsley College. He said: “I have always enjoyed doing manual work but with some manual jobs you don’t get to meet people. I’m quite a friendly-natured person and I wanted to use that to benefit others. I love talking to patients and making them feel as comfortable as possible. “The patients are definitely the best thing about the job and I work with a great team as well.” Jackie Callear, team leader for facilities, said: “We are very proud of Lee. “Patient care is really important, no matter what your role within the hospital and we nominated Lee because his care is outstanding. “His ability to treat patients with dignity and respect is just excellent. He is always cheerful, always has a smile and he works well with clinical staff who all have a good word to say about him. “He is such an asset to the team.” This is the second year that the facilities team has been running its apprenticeship programme. Jackie said: “It is a good way to help people into work. It is open to people of all ages - it’s their skill we are interested in.” Lee added: I had great support and would like to pass that on by becoming a mentor in the future.”