Earlier this month Ms Doherty won the Catherine Barrett Award, which is named in the memory of a highly thought of trainee HCA at Rochdale Infirmary, who died in a car accident at the age of 16 in March 2000.
Now in its eighth year the annual award is given to promising young staff aged between 16 and 21 who work for the Pennine Acute Trust or local PCTs.
Ms Doherty, 18, was nominated by Rochdale Infirmary’s day surgical unit team, where she worked on placement. Catherine Roche, a staff nurse in the day surgery ward, said: ‘Kathryn showed she was a good prospect for the future. She became a team member very quickly for someone so young and inexperienced.’
Liz Barrett, Catherine’s mother, who works as a neonatal nurse on the Special Care Baby Unit at Rochdale Infirmary, said: “The award has really grown and the interest and nominations get stronger every year. We think it is just a wonderful way of remembering and celebrating Catherine's life.”