What is your current role and what does it involve?
My role is healthcare assistant in the renal, respiratory and cardiovascular clinical management group at Leicester Royal Infirmary. I assist the nurses with observations, wash the patients in the morning and help to serve breakfast.
Why did you choose to do the job you do now?
Having been a patient myself I observed the work of the healthcare assistants, and liked the idea of becoming one too.
What training have you had and how has your career progressed?
I have received all NHS required training, as well as yearly updates on e-learning, dementia and modules from the ward. I am also the dementia champion for the area and get a lot of satisfaction out of caring for these individuals.
What motivates you most about working at Leicester’s Hospitals?
No two days are the same and there are different challenges to each day. I like having lots of patient contact, and reassuring them and making them feel at ease. Being part of a great nursing and healthcare assistant team is also motivating. I have always been encouraged to develop myself, my practice and my service.
What are the best things about Leicestershire and the surrounding area?
Leicester is a great city, and the people I work with and the patients I look after are a really exciting mix of cultures and backgrounds.
What would you say to people thinking about joining Leicester’s Hospitals?
I would encourage people to join Leicester’s Hospitals and enjoy the flexibility of working with a great team.