What is your current role and what does it involve?
I work as a speech and language therapy assistant at Leicester Royal Infirmary. My role involves clinical and administrative duties. I work alongside speech and language therapists in providing therapy for patients with communication and swallowing difficulties.
Why did you choose to do the job you do now?
I was working as a speech and language therapy assistant in Birmingham before coming here and thoroughly enjoyed the role. Each patient’s difficulties are different and I enjoy working with individuals with communication and swallowing difficulties in providing support/therapy and find it rewarding to see their progress.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
It is the interaction with patients and their families that I enjoy the most. I like motivating and encouraging individuals to do therapy and making a difference.
What training have you had and how has your career progressed?
After completing my undergraduate degree, I volunteered for the Stroke Association. I was touched by the communication difficulties that people faced as a result of a stroke. I enjoyed helping these individuals in using strategies to communicate effectively. I found this interesting and did some training with the Association and went on to work for them as a communication support coordinator. I also shadowed various speech and language therapists, which enhanced my passion for the role further. I am hoping to become a speech and language therapist in the future.
What motivates you most about working at Leicester’s Hospitals?
The speech and language therapy team here are all very friendly and helpful. I feel quite settled after only a few weeks working here. I have had enough support and find the nurses and doctors on the wards also very friendly.
What are the best things about Leicestershire and the surrounding area?
It is a multi-cultural city. I don’t know the area very well as yet, but having moved up from London, I appreciate the slower pace of life. Everything you need is nearby and easily accessible.
For people thinking about joining Leicester’s Hospitals what would you say to them?
I would highly recommend it. All the mandatory training and support I have been given to date has been at a high standard. It has really helped that new starters are assigned to a named HR person.