TRIBUTE has been paid to a Keighley College student who has been working on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.

Holly Greenhalgh is spending a year-long apprenticeship placement on the ward for the elderly at Airedale Hospital – assisting healthcare professionals and providing personal care and emotional support to patients.

But as demands placed on staff and resources by the current emergency have increased, she has been working on a Covid-19 ward.

Now Holly has received an accolade in recognition of her efforts at the Steeton hospital.

She has been presented with the Ward 14 Employee of the Month award.

Katie Widdop, senior sister on the ward, is full of praise for the student.

“Within Ward 14 it’s really important for us to take the time to acknowledge someone in the team who has done a fantastic job – especially during these worrying times,” she said.

“Holly has shown such determination in providing care to distressed patients and her positive attitude is admirable.

“She works extremely hard and balances her academic study and placement excellently.”

Holly is studying on a healthcare support worker apprenticeship at Keighley College, and is currently working towards a Level Two Health and Social qualification.

She said she was delighted to receive the hospital award.

“I felt an immense sense of pride,” she added.

“Everyone at the hospital has been working tirelessly during the past few weeks, so to be recognised for my efforts is incredibly rewarding.

“My apprenticeship at Keighley College has given me the perfect opportunity to make a real difference within the community in providing care to those who require it.

“When I started my apprenticeship, I struggled with dyslexia and the college team was incredibly supportive in identifying useful resources to aid my academic work.

“Since enrolling on the course, my confidence has sky-rocketed and I have even completed an additional Level Three research task on dementia.

“I hope the findings from my research will enable me to supply the best care possible on the ward.”

When Holly completes her course in July, she hopes to progress to a Level Three qualification at the Bradford Road college.