NHS Jobs Live – Thursday 10th October from 10:00am till 3:00pm

NHS Jobs LIVE is a live streamed event that broadcast to thousands across the UK wanting to find out more about the different job roles within the NHS.

This live broadcast will feature the following;

10:00am – Allied Health Professionals

Allied health professionals provide treatment and help rehabilitate adults and children who are ill, have disabilities or special needs, to live life as fully as possible. During this broadcast you will find out about the range of roles including art and drama therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, radiography and speech and language therapy.

10:30am – Nursing

Nurses work in every sort of health setting from accident and emergency to working in the community, in patients’ homes or schools, with people of all ages and backgrounds. This broadcast will explain the varied role of nursing, the careers pathways available and the new apprenticeship route.

11:00am – Mental Health

This broadcast will outline the variety of practitioners who provide mental health support including support workers, nurses and counsellors. It will outline the careers and pathways available.

11:30am – Social Care

As we move to providing an integrated approach to care with both health and social care professionals working together, this broadcast will focus on social care and Reablement Assistants who provide support to individuals that have just left hospital or need short term care.

1:30pm – Medicine

There are many different ‘specialities’ within medicine, ranging from psychiatry, surgery, anaesthesia and pathology through to general practice and obstetrics. This broadcast will outline the skills and training required to become a doctor.

2:00pm – Healthcare Science

Healthcare scientists – sometimes known as clinical scientists – work at the cutting edge of medicine, researching and developing new treatments and equipment. Most of their work is done in laboratories, although some does involve patient care.

2:30pm – Ambulance Service

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is part of the National Health Service (NHS). We respond to 999 calls from the public, urgent calls from healthcare professionals, provide NHS 111 services across the region. This live event is focused on the role of a paramedic and the new apprenticeship pathway.

 

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The Panel

George Smith

Physiotherapist

George went to school locally and considered medicine or physiotherapy as career options. George’s Mum is a nurse and encouraged considering an AHP role in part due to the better work/life balance it would afford for someone who is also a keen and regular sailor. George studied at the University of Nottingham before getting a rotational job in Portsmouth in 2015. He then moved to Brighton and specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. More recently George moved back to Kent to continue his career closer to home, highlighting the flexibility and choice afforded by a job in physiotherapy! My role now involves assessing and treating patients with joint and muscle pain, supervising physiotherapy new graduates and students and working towards a more specialist role in diagnostics.

 

Rebecca Murrell

Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

I chose to study to become a Speech and Language Therapist whilst studying for my GCSEs and A-Levels. I went straight from school to university, where I studied for three and a half years before being offered my first Speech and Language Therapy job in Kent. After graduating, I was keen to continue working with children with complex communication needs. I’ve now been working in the same trust for three and a half years and my current role involves working to identify and establish alternative ways for children to communicate. One of the most rewarding elements of my job is the close working relationships I have with other therapists within my team

Chloe Bond

Trainee Nurse Associate

Hello everyone, my names Chloe and I’ve worked for the NHS for 8 years. I’ve spent most of this time working as a Clinical support worker taking on tasks that assist the Nurses and Doctors in the Emergency Department.

Having worked alongside the Nurses I knew I wanted to progress but at the time was unsure how to do this or what options were available to me.

I was informed through work about this new role that was going to be introduced which was an apprenticeship- the Nurse Associate. Luckily having got my maths and English grades from school I was able to apply, I went through the whole interview process with work and university.

Having found out I got on the course I have a  busy couple of years my week involves

Tuesday-university
Wednesday- placement
Thursday- work in ED
Saturday- work in ED

This new course has enabled me to develop on knowledge I already gained through work and learn new skills. Being on the course with others from the hospital means we can share experiences and knowledge that they have gained.  Once qualified being on the NMC register means I am a registered
professional.

Having this course has meant that I can further my education, earn money while I study and take my skills and knowledge back to my work place.

Tracey Croft

Lead & Practice Development ENP, Nursing

I have always had a passion for emergency nursing since my qualification in 2002. I am motivated and have continued to develop myself personally and professionally, building on knowledge and experience; completing a BSc Hons in Emergency Care. My career has encompassed cardiac and orthopaedic specialities as well as emergency nursing. I found myself enjoying teaching and supporting students and new staff members, leading by example and using evidence based care. I am now in a practice development role, which enables me to use my listening skills and support the staff more effectively.

Dr Anita Green

Associate Director of Nurse Education, Mental Health

I started my mental health nurse training in 1981 having completed my Registered General Nurse training and working on medical wards.  After qualifying as a Registered Mental Nurse I worked in acute mental health in patient and community services.  I was sponsored to do a full time degree for two years in 1991 which then took me into full time university teaching; mainly, up until 2008, as a Lecturer (Clinical) linked to a drug and alcohol service. I completed a master’s level qualification in 1997.

From 1995 to 2004 I was involved with drug and alcohol training and education programmes for nurses, nurse teachers and doctors based in St. Petersburg, Russia.  It was a privilege to work with colleagues in Russia and I gained a huge amount personally and professionally.  From 2001-2004 this work became my doctoral thesis.

I joined Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as a Dual Diagnosis Nurse Consultant in 2008. My responsibilities included working with people who presented to the service with drug and/or alcohol and mental health issues.  In 2014 I moved to the Education and Training Department as a Nurse Consultant in Education and Training.  I became an Associate Director of Care Professions Education and lead on care professions education which included nursing, psychology and allied health professionals.  I held a clinical readership with the University of Brighton at the time.  In 2015 I became Associate Director of Nurse Education.  I was appointed as a visiting professor at the University of Surrey in 2018.  I am passionate about nursing and being a nurse and have had a wide-ranging and interesting career – which is what nursing offers.  It is the best career in the world!

Lucy Locks

Director of Occupational Therapy, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Allied Health Professional Leadership Fellow, Health Education England

After leaving school I completed an undergraduate degree in theatre studies before training as a Drama Therapist. I worked in learning disability services for a number of years and was inspired by the amazing Occupational Therapy staff that enabled young people with disabilities to live independently in the community. This led me to undertake an MSc in Occupational Therapy at the University of Brighton. When I qualified I worked in a number of clinical positions both as an Occupational Therapist and Drama Therapist in both community and inpatient mental health services.

I have had a fantastic 20 year career working in the NHS – I think Occupational Therapy is the greatest career that no one has heard of!  I have been offered a range of opportunities to grow and develop my skills as a clinical leader. I worked as an operational service manager before taking up the post of Head of Occupational Therapy at West Sussex Health and Social Care Trust. After a Trust merger I took up the post of Deputy Director of Occupational Therapy in adult mental health services at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Since then I have studied for an MBA and was seconded for a short period as Assistant Chief Operating Officer. In 2018 I took up the post of Director of Occupational Therapy in a job share. I am also undertaking a part time secondment with Health Education England as an Allied Health Professional Leadership Fellow to support the development of allied health professional networks across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Charlotte Moreton-Dolman

Social Care

My name is Charlotte and I have worked with Surrey County Council for 3 years, within the Adult Social Services’ Reablement department. I started as a Reablement Assistant and currently I am an Integrated Reablement Worker. Having completed my care certificate, I am now commencing an apprenticeship for Level 3 Lead Care Worker. I am responsible for carrying out assessments on the service users and meeting their needs once home from hospital with individual care packages. The Reablement team work closely with other health professionals in particular Occupational Therapists. It is our goal to re-able patients at home and to encourage their independence, dignity and choices.
My particular interest of study and a subject that I am passionate about is care for patients who suffer with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Paige Hardy

Reablement Assistant for Surrey county Council, Social Care

My name is Paige Hardy and I am a Reablement Assistant for Surrey county Council.

I begun my caring career 4 years ago when I applied for the role of Reablement Assistant. I had no previous experience in the social care field but had a strong passion for wanting to work with the public sector in a social care environment. Upon acceptance for the role, I completed a period of intense training, attending many courses teaching me everything needed to know from food safety, hygiene, first aid, manual handling, equipment and many more. Once completing my training I was eased in slowly at my own pace, working with very supportive team leaders and colleagues. Starting off I was shadowed by more experienced staff until I was passed off and ready to work alone.

Throughout my whole time working for Surrey County Council I have always had regular training and guidance to keep my knowledge fresh and up to date.

I have a strong passion for caring and enabling individuals to become independent and allowing them to feel empowered in their own home and making their own daily life choices. Being a Reablement assistant allows me to make a difference to vulnerable people living in the community.

Dr Jonathan Sadler

Teaching Fellow, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Jonny is a teaching fellow at BSMS. Coming from a background of 5 years of anaesthetic training he currently teaches many different topics to year groups 1-5 at BSMS in classrooms, lecture theatres, simulation rooms and hospitals. As well as teaching duties, he also interviews students, supports the BSMS student revision app, examines students, iss helping with careers for our students and performs research.

Currently he is studying for a PG-Cert in medical education and is looking to start a follow on PhD in October.

Martha Stuffins

Clinical Scientist (Senior Physicist)

Martha works as a Clinical Scientist in Medical Physics at the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust. She completed the Scientist Training Programme and now works in the field of Radiation Protection. This involves making sure that staff are safe while working with radiation in hospitals, dental practices and vets. Another important part of the job is ensuring that radiation doses received by patients in radiology are as low as possible while making sure that doctors can still see enough information to make a diagnosis.

Sandra Gomes

Clinical Scientist (Bioinformatics)

Sandra works as a Clinical Scientist in Bioinformatics at the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust. She completed the Scientist Training Programme and now works in the field of Scientific Computing. This involves developing software that for example, manipulates and summarizes data to allow clinical staff to make better decisions, or allows staff to perform their duties more efficiently.  She is also involved in research projects that involve using Artificial Intelligence to help in the diagnosis of Cancer as well as collecting, storing and sharing data securely with other researchers.

Adnan Chowdhury

Trainee Clinical Scientist

Adnan works as trainee Clinical Scientist in Medical Physics at the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust. He has completed the Practitioners Training Programme, qualifying as a Nuclear Medicine technologist and is now currently undertaking the Science Training Programme in Medical Physics (2nd Year).  The programme involves undertaking work-based as well as academic training in order to pick up the essential skills and experience required to qualify as a Clinical Scientist.

Mark Wheeler

Emergency Medical Technician, Ambulance Service

In April 2000 following completing a BTEC National Diploma in Public Services, I joined Surrey Ambulance Service as a 999 Call Operator in the Emergency Operations Centre.  After a short time, I was promoted to Resource Dispatcher (responsible for sending the ambulance’s), within 18 months and continued in this role for 7 yrs.  During this time, I would also take on the role of Duty Supervisor, meaning that I would be in charge of that shift.  During this time, Surrey Ambulance Service along with Sussex and Kent Ambulance Services, joined to create South East Coast Ambulance Service.

In 2008, I decided that it was time for a change.  I wanted to be able to do more, rather than just send an ambulance. I wanted to be there actually helping, so I trained as Trainee Emergency Medical Technician.  After my first year, I qualified as an EMT.  In this period, I have experienced many different and sometimes difficult situations.  Also some very rewarding situations, like where I have even been able to help deliver my own children through this training.

For the past 18 months, I have ventured into a new side of the ambulance service.  I am now supporting the development of simulation training within the ambulance service.  Although, simulation has been used within the NHS for a number of years, It is a new venture for ambulance service, not just in South East Coast, but to all Ambulance trust.  Hoping this will help not only training new staff, but current staff as well, but offering refresher sessions, and making it as realistic as possible.

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