Student wins gold in health care contest

Rhianna Berry is pictured with her medal after winning gold at WorldSkills UK 2016 National Finals EMN-161213-101604001
Rhianna Berry is pictured with her medal after winning gold at WorldSkills UK 2016 National Finals EMN-161213-101604001

A Boston student has bought home the gold after competing at a national health and social care event in Birmingham.

Eighteen-year-old Rhianna Berry, who is studying Level 3 health and social care at Boston College, won first place at the WorldSkills UK 2016 National Finals held last month.

Rhianna Berry with Marc Jones from Profiles4Care who organised the competition EMN-161214-105930001

Rhianna Berry with Marc Jones from Profiles4Care who organised the competition EMN-161214-105930001

The competition, organised by Profiles4Care and sponsored by NHS Leadership Academy, aims to find the best adult health and social care professionals in the country.

Rhianna took part in eight scenarios where she was presented with a care plan, and had to use her skills and knowledge to provide care as if it was a real life scenario.

Dr Neil Bentley, CEO of WorldSkills UK, said: “It has been an incredible, inspiring and hugely successful Skills Show, culminating in a ceremony to honour the very best young talent Britain has to offer.”

On winning, Rhianna said: “I am really overwhelmed. I don’t think it has sunk in that I am now number one in the UK for health and social care.”

Lecturer Ruth Catlett and programme area manager at Boston College Jo Wright attended the competition with Rhianna.

They said: “Within the WorldSkills UK 2016 national final, she was competing against students from higher level courses than her, as well as individuals that are already in full-time employment, so for her to be crowned the winner is a testament to her hard work, dedication and skills.

“We are thoroughly proud of Rhianna’s amazing achievements.”

The final score achieved by Rhianna could earn her the chance to compete at an international level at WorldSkills Russia 2019.

Rhianna has been invited back to the UK final next year to inspire competitors and crowds of school children that attend the competition.