Holly in the picture for national award

Holly Ridgeway-Bowyer has been nominated for a national clinical photography award
Holly Ridgeway-Bowyer has been nominated for a national clinical photography award

An apprentice at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals has been nominated for Health Education England’s Advanced Non-Clinical Apprentice of the Year award.

Holly Ridgeway-Bowyer, 18, has been short-listed for her outstanding work as an apprentice clinical photographer, a role she started 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.

A wide and varied role, on a daily basis this could entail capturing surgical procedures, taking carefully standardised images of a patient’s visible symptoms or organising a photo shoot for a staff event.

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.

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.

Nick Exley, lead clinical photographer at the trust, commented: “I am enormously proud that Holly has been short-listed 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 winners will be announced on March 10.