This is the first post of a new monthly feature where we shine the spotlight on different careers at NLaG. We hope that it will be a source of inspiration for people looking to start a new career as well as a celebration of the hard work of our employees and the variety of careers available in the NHS.
This month we spoke to Susan, a Senior Healthcare Assistant on IAAU/Ward 24.
What qualifications/ experience do you need to do your role?
I had worked within the care sector before applying for a SHCA role within the NHS so I did have some qualifications and previous experience but it is not essential, although a care qualification and experience would be beneficial. The Trust provide full ongoing training, they also run a care camp prior to commencing your role on your ward.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I absolutely love my role as a SHCA. I work within a great team on IAAU/Ward24 at SGH, and no two shifts are ever the same, it can be fast paced with a quick turn around, but our team work well and support each other in every way, from my very first shift they made me feel welcomed and supported and a part of the team. I love that there is always ongoing training available and always something new that I learn every shift.
I recently joined the bank and I love that I can book extra shifts on different wards which gives me new experiences and valuable new skills.
What advice would you give to someone looking to join in a similar role?
If you are considering applying for a role at NlaG I would say go for it, I had always wanted to work within the NHS, and I can now say I am so proud to be a part of the NHS and to be working alongside some amazing colleagues. It’s never too late to follow your dreams, to start a new chapter or new career path. I am so glad that I applied.