On Thursday 10 January, the first 18 Mammography Associate Practitioner Apprentices attended an official launch of the new Apprenticeship which is being delivered at St George's Hospital, one of the UK’s largest teaching hospitals.
The course began development in 2017 when Public Health England identified a workforce shortage and colleagues from the Manchester Academy, National Training Centres, Health Education England, the Society of Radiographers and managers from NHS Trusts set up a mammography trailblazer group to find a way to meet the staffing needs of breast screening centres across England.
Photo: Russell as he was in 1980 at South Thames College, working on a campaign in the Student Union office.
Former Art and Design student, Russell De Rozario inspired creative media students when he came into College to lead a session in December 2018. Russell, a highly successful production designer and actor, who is known for his work in films, including Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2 and the Hitman’s Bodyguard described his personal journey to students.
Russell shared how as a troubled teenager at a Wandsworth Secondary School, he was encouraged to engage with Art by his teacher. He then enrolled at South Thames College where supportive tutors enabled him to explore his talents, leading to him taking up a place at the prestigious Chelsea Art College. At his final show he was headhunted to work in an commericial production company producing TV ads, opening the door to the world of film which he works in today.
In honour of World AIDS Day on 1 December, the college raised funds for the Terence Higgins Trust during the afternoon of Friday 30 November. A big thank you goes to learner Megan Davis who did sterling work raising the funds.
As part of the event, Patricia Taylor from the METRO Charity, which provides health, community and youth services across London, had a stand in the atrium area. Patricia promoted the services available through the Metro charity and raised awareness of sexual health and HIV/Aids amongst our learners.
Thank you to all students and staff who donated on the day to the Terence Higgins Trust.