When did you first start working in healthcare & where did you do your training?
If I’m being honest, in comparison to some of the other healthcare professionals here I am actually quite new to this as 10 years ago I was training at Cumbria University and before that before that I was a graphic designer, so working in healthcare is actually quite a change.
What area do you live in and what are the benefits of living in that area?
I moved here from Edinburgh and I live just 2 minutes away from Kendal. I’ve been here for 16 years and moved here for family. The lifestyle is great and I love the outdoor attributes. As such a pretty location, it’s the perfect place to raise children. I love walking, biking, mountain climbing just general outdoor activities, so this is a lovely area to do all of those things.
What do you enjoy most about your career?
I would have to say that the overall team atmosphere is one of the things that I love the most It is such a dynamic environment and by working here there is a real opportunity to actually have an impact on the quality of care in the area, which is something that I am really proud of being part of.
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?
For me, it was the opportunities! I started out here as non-qualified nurse but was able to do the training I needed to progress here and I was guaranteed a job at the end, so that was a very persuasive offer.
Since being here I have been able to develop my career from Band 2 to Band 7 and the encouragement I received to do this has been fantastic.
I came to the trust with no experience. I was supported from the word go. The hands on experience and the in-house training all worked to get me to where I am now. The trust is also funding me to complete my master’s and complete the next step towards my career progression.
People seem to think day surgery are not as busy as other ward during the day. We have an amazing team. There are 32 in the team and we vary in ages. We are family-like, professional and most importantly happy.
If you could choose 3 positive words to describe this Trust, what would they be?
- Supportive of staff
If someone considering starting a career at this Trust, what would you say to them?
Yes absolutely, the trust isn’t rigid. There are a lot of people who have the opportunity to move across boundaries and departments. Between the ward and theatres, we all work together to achieve the end goal of helping the patient. It’s a pleasure to work here and I’m sure anyone else that joins will think so too.