Developing Cornwall’s Healthcare Workforce for the Future


Recognitions and Awards

Dynamo Healthcare Training Academy (DHCTA) is a specialist provider dedicated to supporting young people to commence careers in healthcare, through excellent employer partnerships and focussed training and development to meet specific roles.

6th Consecutive Year! Apprenticeship Awards


On Friday 15th of November, two of our lovely Apprentices were chosen to attend the Cornwall Apprentice Awards evening at Truro College!

Congratulations to Lyndsey on winning Apprentice of the year in Health, Social Care and Childcare!  Lyndsey Bunt, studying an Adult Care Level 2 Apprenticeship at Trelawney Care and now works full time for Trelawney.

‘Lyndsey’s manager said she couldn’t be happier and more proud of Lyndsey. She has worked so hard and is a credit to us.  Well done Lyndsey for all your hard work’.

Lyndsey undertook a pre-employment to healthcare training course with Dynamo then commenced work with Trelawney care as a care worker.  She said she struggled at first with her studies but persevered and has done so well.

Congratulations to Jessica Woods on winning Apprentice of the year in Customer Service and Retail.  Jessica Woods, is a medical receptionist apprentice at Mullion Surgery and has since gained full time employment.

Jessica says ‘ I love working at the surgery and have learnt so much. I couldn’t be happier to win this award, its brilliant’.

This is the first year Dynamo has won 2 categories at the Apprenticeship Awards and we couldn’t be prouder of our excellent team.

Lauren Jones and Michelle Elliott Apprenticeship Winners 2018

Dynamo have done it again!

The 5th consecutive year of finalists!

Earlier this month 2 of our apprentices were chosen as finalists for this years Cornwall Apprentices Awards.

Congratulations to Lauren Jones, Support Worker Apprentice from Solar Care Homes and Michelle Elliott, Clinical Healthcare Assistant Apprentice from Port Isaac Surgery. 

The awards ceremony took place on Friday 12th October 2018 at Truro College – an incredible atmospheric evening!

Out of 12 other winners the lovely Michelle grabbed one of the spots in winning herself Apprentice Of The Year in Health, Social Care and Childcare. Also a massive congratulations to Lauren for being one of the finalists! Both of the girls have worked very hard in their placements – carry on the good work everyone!


Sophie Poulton Health and Social Care Apprentice of the year 2017

Sophie Poulton Medical Reception Apprentice at Carnon Downs Surgery was one of the excited nominees at the Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards 2017, which were held at Truro College on Friday 17 November.  The black tie event was hosted by Neil Caddy and Holly Day from Pirate FM and was attended by over 200 people including sponsors, judges, 45 nominees and lots of nervous employers, family and friends.

Sophie had been nominated by Carnon Downs Surgery after Sophie’s assessor Debbie Leahey sent them the awards information.  She was nominated for her self motivation, keenness to expand her knowledge and learn new skills and for the way she has developed in the last few months by taking on new roles and responsibilities.

At Dynamo Healthcare Training we are very proud of Sophie, who won the Health & Social Care & Childcare Category, plus on the evening the judges had placed Sophie in the final three for Cornwall Apprentice of The Year 2017.

‘Well done Sophie amazing job, I’m sure you are going to do great things’.  Gail Irvine, Director, Dynamo Healthcare

William Collins BTEC Awards 2017 - Nominee

William Collins works for Brandon Trust supporting people with Learning Difficulties.  He is very worthy of recognition for completing his NVQ in Health and Social Care because he had to overcome many barriers to achieve success.   These included his hearing impairment, his difficulties with reading and concentration and the fact that he works across two services which is hard work, he is a family man and he looks after his parents.  William didn’t believe he could do the course and he was very anxious to start but he whole heartedly committed to his course, and always produced work on time, and never missed a review. William now wishes to go on to other qualifications now such as BSL, I believe level 3.   His hard work, dedication and commitment to this programme,  has I believe, surprised many people, but most importantly of all, surprised William himself. Well done.

Sandra Hopes, Williams Manager says

‘So lovely to share fantastic stories like this and I know from speaking to Steve (William) he is thrilled with his achievement.  Thank you for your support all the way through this journey with him.’


Leah Taylor Winner of CASC Care Awards Health and Social Care Apprentice of the year 2016

I was very shy and nervous when staring my apprenticeship, I had to improve my communication skills and the apprenticeship was really good for building my confidence. My biggest challenges were overcoming shyness, dealing and severe illness/death and time management. My favourite part of the apprenticeship is working with people with dementia and learning the skills needed  If I hadn’t started my apprenticeship I would probably be doing bar work now.

I believe an exceptional apprentice is dedicated, reliable, open minded and has a good sense of humour.

I would advise any new apprentice to not give up, learn to manage stress and stay positive! I would recommend a career in healthcare because it is very rewarding, you always meet new people and there are plenty of opportunities to learn new skills.

I would recommend training with Dynamo because they are very organised and the tutors are very understanding and helpful. There is plenty of support available.

Leah Taylor started with Dynamo Healthcare Training through a pre-employment training programme that led to her level 2 Health and Social Care Apprenticeship ‘The White House Residential Home in Falmouth’ as a Care Assistant.  She then went on to her level 3 Health and Social Care Apprenticeship and is now working as a shift leader and Senior Care Assistant.

‘Fantastic Job Leah Well done’ Gail Irvine Director Dynamo Healthcare Training

Katie Wills, Marazion Surgery Cornwall Apprentice of the year 2015 finalist.

Katie was recognised for her fantastic contribution to the surgery. Katie commenced a Medical Reception Apprenticeship position in 2014 which she excelled at. Once this completed she decided to move into a Healthcare Assistant Role (HCA) at the surgery and commenced a level 3 Clinical Healthcare Apprenticeship training scheme. Katie now runs her own clinics at Marazion and was praised for her determination to progress from Medical Receptionist to Clinical Healthcare Assistant in such a short period of time. and acknowledged for her commitment to her training. She is now employed as a full-time phlebotomist at the surgery and has ambitions to go on to university to train as a nurse.

‘ I would really recommend Dynamo Healthcare Training they have been really good. I am really pleased with how my career is moving forward and I’m looking forward to going to university in the future’.  Katie Wills.

˜Excellent job Katie well done for everything you have achieved. Good Luck for the future’. Gail Irvine Director Dynamo Healthcare Training


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