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

I started training as a nurse in Bristol way back in 1992. I also worked as a clinical support worker to support my studies.  A lot has changed since then, but it has made things very exciting!

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

I live in a small village in Kendal, called Burneside. It’s a great! It’s small, friendly and just near the banks off the River Kent. There are so many benefits to living here. The schools are really great and there are loads of activities to keep my two sons entertained.  We love to go open water swimming, bike riding and to walk our dog.

I really feel like a member of a family here because the Trust is very focused on looking after staff relationship and I know everyone so well.

Trish Holladay – Ward Manager

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

I’ve always been interested in healthcare as my mum was a nurse. Her dedication really motivated me to study ward management at college. One day, I saw an advert for the healthcare sector and it really stood out to me. It asked ‘what did you do with your day? and it really made me think. I’ve done a lot of different things to date, but I’ve always enjoyed working in healthcare.

I love meeting new people, both staff and patients. Healthcare is a very broad term and there are so many different careers you could take. I’ve worked in neurology in New Zealand, A&E and on the ward and they have all been very varied and so different.

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?

I started back in 2001, that’s 15 years ago! I always wanted to be in the beautiful lakes, so moved to the area.

I think it’s the perfect place to bring up a family, and would recommend it to anyone. It’s such a lovely place to live, and so many people come here as a holiday, but when you live here you really can be part of all the best bits, and enjoy it all when it’s not busy too.

Before moving to UHMBT I had worked in quite big hospitals. I thought it would be very different from what I was used to but this Trust has very good patient care and I love being part of that. I really feel like a member of a family here because the Trust is very focused on looking after staff relationship and I know everyone so well.

What are the benefits of working at this Trust?

There are so many benefits of working at this Trust. I came in as a Band 5 nurse – the lowest grade for non-registered nurses, but had quite a bit of experience. I was so pleased to receive in-house training in management and mentoring and work my way up. Additional training is encouraged to all staff and I’m now working towards my master’s.

We have a very supportive senior team. Everyone values the work each member of the team does, which I feel is very important for any Trust. I work closely with one of my best friend’s – Debbie, which is fantastic. We do have quite different approaches but we play on each others strengths. We really do feel like a family!

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

The trust is very friendly, we’re a big family! It is patient focused which I think is very important and we are focused on improvement and being the best Trust we possibly can be.

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

Go for it! It’s a great place to work. No matter what stage of your career you are at when you join you will be supported and encouraged to take up suitable training opportunities. Another factor, which is quite important for me and my family and I’m sure it is for other families considering moving here too, is that there’s so much to do on our doorstep.  It’s not far from Manchester either, so great it’s great if we feel like popping into the city too.