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DANNY PALMER's ambition to become a bobby on the beat was "arrested" by a family steeped in the care sector.

The police may have been his first thought when he left school but, five years later, Danny decided to pursue a career in nursing.

With a mother who has worked as a midwife and a health visitor, along with a sister and an aunt who are social workers, it was perhaps inevitable that Danny would follow in their footsteps and enter a caring profession.

And the 23-year-old from Middlesbrough is the first to admit that it is his family's backing and encouragement which has really spurred him on to sign up for a three-year diploma in nursing at university in the New Year.

This comes after completing a Learning and Skills Council (LSC) North East-funded advanced apprenticeship in health and social care - five months ahead of schedule - and two years working in a nursing home.

It was while working as a health care assistant with South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust that Danny's ambitions really began to develop.

As well as giving him a hands-on way of getting the right skills, experience and qualifications to progress to university, the apprenticeship has given him the confidence and ability to add a number of extra strings to his bow.

At the same time as making himself an invaluable member of the medical division and elderly care unit teams, Danny has developed clinical skills in a whole host of essential aspects of hospital care, such as adult life support, performing ECGs and male catheterisation.

And his success to date has been achieved despite dyslexia, often having to commute to and from Leeds where his girlfriend is training to be a doctor, regular jibes from friends who still see nursing as a female-dominated career and working sometimes long and unsociable shifts. …