A former painter and decorator who went to university at the age of 40 to do a nursing degree has received an award for excellence.
Adrian Anim is now working as a community nurse for South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s learning disability service
He was one of five Northumbria University graduates who were presented with a prestigious Heath Award for their efforts in both practice and theory while training to become nurses and midwives.
Mr Anim was also a support worker for adults with learning disabilities and a foster carer, which is what led him to consider nursing as a career.
He said: “I felt I had to learn more and do more, but I left school with no qualifications, so it was a massive achievement for me when I was accepted for the university course.
“I found it overwhelming at first, but I received great support from my tutors and my peers and for three years I just knuckled down and worked non-stop.
“All the hard work was worth it because I now have a rewarding job that I love.”