When did you first start working in healthcare & where did you do your training?

In 1998 I first began working in the bio-medical science labs, in 2012/13 I changed role to waste and compliance, and joined the Trust in 2005.

What area do you live in and what are the benefits of living in that area?

I live in Carnforth.  It has good access to the motorway, whilst being on the doorstep to the lakes which is especially great if you’re working cross bay. There’s plenty to do! Lots of cycling and kayaking club and plenty of activities. The architecture around here is so beautiful.

It’s my job to make sure we are being as green as possible and getting rid of waste properly. I absolutely love my role.

Clare Grootendorst – Waste and Compliance Manager

What was it that you made you want to go into the profession you’re in now?

I decided to have a career change for different opportunities. I originally worked for the NHS, working in the labs however I didn’t feel like I was progressing and felt isolated. I wanted to do something more hands on. Now I see the bigger picture, I love that in my role I can be in theatre, in the lab and on the ward. My role now, is so varied, with lots of different cultures.

I want to be able to help the ward and department, I need them to be compliant but I want to do it in a way that makes their lives easier. It’s my job to make sure we are being as green as possible and getting rid of waste properly. I absolutely love my role. It’s amazing. Getting out and about and meeting people, I really like being able to help. I’m so glad I made the career change.

What was it about the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay that made you want to come and work here, and when did you start working for the Trust?

My first role in the labs began in 2003, but it was 2013 I came into waste and compliance. I love the fact that we’re on the doorstep to the lakes. I had a caravan here before I moved, so I knew I liked it.

What are the benefits of working at this Trust?

I have come a long way in a short time. The vision and values that the Trust talk about make it such a great place to work. The Trust are trying to do something really good, and we’re heading in the right direction – Flourish and Nourish.

I have also worked in the labs and my MSE was sponsored and paid for. I have been placed on various other seminars, networking and away days. There really are a lot of opportunities.

As an organisation, I feel supported by getting waste on the agenda, and I feel supported by the wards.

If you could choose 3 positive words to describe this Trust, what would they be?

  • Open
  • Visionary
  • Friendly

If someone considering starting a career at this Trust, what would you say to them?

I would say ‘do it!’ It is one of the most beautiful areas in the country, the staff are welcoming and friendly, and I genuinely think this is a wonderful place to work with nine out of ten people walking down the corridors smiling.