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

I did my training in Barrow in Furness in 1993.

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

I live around 10 miles north of Barrow in Furness. I’m Southside of the Lakes, which I love! There are quite a lot of outdoor stuff to do here. I’m currently leader of one of the local scout groups.

We’re fairly progressive and we’re linked to the University so we’re definitely hiring some amazing talent to the Trust.

Craig Anderson – Reporting Radiographer/Clinical Tutor

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

I was attracted to both the technical and caring side of the job. The things I do are very varied, which I like. I teach radiography, but I’m also an advanced practitioner, interpreting and reporting images. We have a small but growing team of radiographers developing their roles into advanced practice here . Overall I would say we are pretty advanced and have a mix of different skills in our team

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

Firstly, the area played quite a big part in attracting me to the role. I worked in Manchester for a few years, but decided to come back to the Trust in 2007. The area I lived in and the lifestyle as well as working in the city didn’t compare to here.

The traffic was awful and you don’t really have that problem here. The transport links can have their moments but this is nothing compared to other areas of the UK.

What are the benefits of working at this Trust?

I can confidently say there are lots of opportunities to advance here. I’m about to start my post grad for a ‘skills mix’ course. We’re fairly progressive and we’re linked to the University so we’re definitely hiring some amazing talent to the Trust.

There is also a great team spirit here which I don’t believe you will get a bigger hospital. Everyone is very friendly, and even though I work higher up in the department now, I still have a good relationship with those who I manage.  There are no barriers by a job title in the Trust and that is really nice!

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

  • Friendly
  • Progressive
  • Good working/local environment

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

It’s a great area to live in. Furness peninsula is beautiful. If you walk 5 miles you are in a completely different countryside, which I love. The property and real estate is only half an hour to the motorway, so you’re away from the hustle and bustle. South Cumbria is a little less accessible but great for schools and has loads of clubs and things to do. Ulverston is a festival town and usually appeals very well to people. If you’re young or a young consultant that’s where you will want to live.