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John, Charge Nurse in Chemotherapy

What is your current role and what does it involve?

My current role is really varied including managing a busy chemotherapy suite, looking after staff and their development needs, budgeting sensibly but mostly working with dedicated highly skilled staff in the clinical setting administering chemotherapy.

Why did you choose to do the job you do now?

In 1997 I developed cancer, while I was undergoing treatment I found the staff were truly inspiring and that life changing experience remained  with me until this day, in 2003 I finally decided it was my time to give something back and went to Leicester college where I did a access to caring professions course, following this I was enrolled at DMU on the nursing diploma course, I qualified in 2005 and went to work in haematology/ oncology in  a rotational post which was really informative and interesting and gave a great overview. Following 3 years on the bone marrow unit the opportunity came up to pursue a deputy managers role in the chemotherapy suite, I did this for 6 years and following a band 7 role secondment on an oncology ward I took over the band 7 role on the suite which is where I am now. The reason I chose to work in oncology and more specifically the chemotherapy suite is simple, I want the best experience for people undergoing chemotherapy. A diagnosis of cancer can be terrifying and its important that we do our best in frequently difficult times to support our patients, its not always easy but is so rewarding to achieve this.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy the day to day challenges and being creative about these are dealt with, most of all I enjoy looking after our patients and ensuring we give them the best experience we can.

What training have you had and how has your career progressed?

I have had a lot of training opportunities offered to me by the University Hospitals of Leicester which has enabled my career to develop immensely. In 2012 I graduated following completing my honours degree in nursing, this was a very proud moment and one which will stay with me for a very long time.

What motivates you most about working at Leicester Hospitals?

We are a great team with core principles built into our day to day work lives, by working within these standards it empowers us to deliver the best care we can and that is what motivates me.

What are the best things about Leicestershire and the surrounding area? 

For me well Leicester City Football Club of course, what else could there be? No in all honesty it’s a great place to live loads to do and pretty much everywhere is easy to get to with the county being pretty central.

For people thinking about joining Leicester Hospitals what would you say to them?

I think we are a trust that is developing really well despite the harsh realities of the current economic climate and the constraints on the NHS budgets. The trust has a great work ethos and I am sure anyone who comes to our trust will enjoy many opportunities to develop and build a career with us now and in the coming years.

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