Positive Practice Awards
Positive Practice Awards

Darren Salt

Apprentice of the Year


A passion for continuous learning and improvement, which results in better patient care, is the reason Darren was named our overall Apprentice of the Year.

Keen to learn new skills and curious. That’s how our overall ‘Apprentice of the Year’ winner, Darren, was described in his nomination.

Darren is a support worker at the Hellingly Centre, our medium secure unit in East Sussex. 

As well as proving to be a great learner, as one of our Trainee Nursing Associate apprentices, Darren has consistently come up with new ideas to improve the quality of his practice, and in particular he has suggested changes to improve the local induction programme for prison officers.

Darren has shown himself to be a good listener and a problem solver. At a recent meeting of peer supporters, during which a number of negative and challenging conversations were had, he displayed a very positive attitude and worked hard to turn the meeting around and encourage those involved to think constructively and help find solutions rather than just problems. 

Darren is constantly looking for ways to improve things for patients and is currently looking at how he can improve people’s understanding in the prison service of common mental health conditions, including how to support people with a diagnosis of personality disorder in a consistent, non-judgmental way.

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