Young Doncaster Hospital Trust clinical photographer shortlisted for outstanding work

Holly Ridgeway-Bowyer, 18, has been shortlisted for her outstanding work as an Apprentice Clinical Photographer

Holly Ridgeway-Bowyer, 18, has been shortlisted for her outstanding work as an Apprentice Clinical Photographer

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A talented apprentice photographer at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals is focussing on success after nomination for a top award.

Holly Ridgeway-Bowyer has been shortlisted for her outstanding work as an apprentice clinical photographer, in the Health Education England’s Advanced Non-Clinical Apprentice of the Year award.

Holly, 18, started as a clinical photographer in August 2015, aiding the Trust’s Medical Photography team in capturing images of various conditions and procedures.

Clinical photography is the recording of conditions presented by patients and is used for diagnosis and recording the stages of treatment, which can then be used for teaching and research purposes.

Since joining the Trust, Holly has learnt this specialised craft under the guidance of the Trust’s lead clinical photographer, learning the appropriate medical terminology and advancing her photography and videography skills.

A fast learner, the apprentice has also become an essential member of the team, helping to deliver an exceptionally quick service for patients, enabling the department, for the first time, to offer a same-day turnaround for clinical photography.

Holly has also worked closely with organisation’s Communications Team, helping to create short films for social media, one of which, focusing on the Emergency Department, has been viewed more than 70,000 times on Facebook.

On receiving the nomination, Holly said: “When I was told I had been nominated for this award, I couldn’t believe it. I’ve always had an interest in photography and working within the Trust has allowed me to explore this further. I want to thank the team for their support during my apprenticeship and for showing me how to be an effective clinical photographer.”

As part of her apprenticeship, Holly currently splits her time between the Trust and Doncaster College and is hoping to complete a Level three Diploma and Certificate in Creative and Digital Media in the coming weeks.

Lead clinical photographer at the Trust, Nick Exley, said: “I am enormously proud that Holly has been shortlisted for this award. In the 18 months that she has been with us, Holly has shown great maturity in what can be a difficult and sensitive role and is well on her way to becoming a very talented clinical photographer. Good luck Holly.”

The Talent for Care Awards, hosted by Health Education England take place 10 March 2016, where the winners will be announced.