Don't just take our word for it...

There are a number of different reasons that people come to work at our Trust - and also why they stay - but don't just take our word for it! Some of our lovely staff have shared their thoughts about working at our Trust, and share with you why our hospitals are a great place to work.

Meet Rosemary, Clinical Lead Midwife and Nurse

Rosemary I’m Rosemary and I work as a clinical lead midwife / nurse at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. I completed my training in Nigeria, qualifying as a midwife in 2010 and have now worked here for three and a half months. As well as working, I’m also studying part time for a Clinical Leadership Master’s Degree.

There’s no question about it, nursing is my calling. Since I was a little girl, it’s always been my dream and I honestly can’t picture myself doing anything else. I’ve always been passionate about making critically ill people better and this desire has only continued to grow stronger since I have become a mother myself.

As a clinical lead midwife / nurse, I’m on the high dependency unit at Queen’s Hospital working with high risk women. Our patients are recovering mothers and I ensure that they are cared for in the right environment. My role is split between clinical and managerial work and this has enabled me to gain a real hands-on experience of working in a hospital.

In terms of my managerial work, I not only deal with complaints and incident reporting, but I actively investigate them so that a solution can be found. I also ensure that our unit is communicating correctly and help run meetings and an education forum to establish whether staff are getting the educational support needed.

I’m really happy in my role and I think that this is reflected in how I deal with both patients and my fellow Trust colleagues. I’m really able to put my personality into my role and I see myself as very approachable, ensuring I put patients at ease and understand their specific needs. Compassion is key – at the end of the day patients are in your care and you want to give them the best experience possible. We’re grateful to receive positive feedback from patients and both myself and my staff have even received lovely thank you letters and cards from the women we’ve looked after.

I’d say the best thing about working for our Trust is the opportunities I’m given to challenge myself, develop the team, and support colleagues. But those are just a few of many positives! The staff here are all so committed and we really take pride in our work. As a unit, we all work towards the same goals and are passionate about providing a clean, welcoming and fresh environment for our patients.

Meet Fay, Practice Development Nurse for children’s services

Fay Hi, I’m Fay and I work as a practice development nurse for children’s services. I completed my training at Bedford Hospital in 1992. Within six months of starting the course, I loved it and couldn’t not see myself as a nurse. I started with Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust as a staff nurse in 2002 and have been here ever since. Being part of a district hospital is great and I love the community feel of our Trust.

My role gives me the chance to cover so much ground – it’s fantastic! I support both new and established nurses in providing care for kids and families, as well as assisting with training and supporting non-clinical cases.

It’s very true that the more you do, the more you will learn and I’m really able to adapt to different situations. As an example, I have to be confident in talking to and approaching people of all levels. Of course, how you may talk to a colleague is completely different to how you would approach a young child. And equally, you would alter how you speak when networking with our wider Trust (which, there are many opportunities for, by the way!).

From the start it really stood out to me how keen our Trust is to make roles accessible to all, ensuring that everyone has opportunities for education and development. I love the fact that they make the effort to find out what people’s passions are and help them progress from there. I’ve been supported so much throughout my associate nurse ‘training’ and ‘on the floor training’.

Everyone is so committed in our Trust and we put the patients at the heart of all we do to ensure they always receive everything they want and need. 

Meet Mark, Nurse

Mark Hi, I’m Mark and I work in the Women and Child Health division at the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. I first started working in healthcare at Brentwood in Little Highwood after qualifying in 2002. I’ve spent over 17 years in the NHS, and 10 of these have been here at Queen’s Hospital in Romford.

There are many different aspects to my role and tasks range from being in the theatre and assisting with c-sections, through to making sure everything is done correctly for elective surgery. I’m also involved in team briefings, data analysis and checking the capacity of all areas.

I’ve worked in healthcare for over 25 years, I just love making people better. What actually inspired me to get into nursing was knowing that I could make a difference. Our Trust puts the patients first. Queen’s Hospital was purpose built exactly for this and incorporates key process from industries outside of healthcare. I think that this innovative thinking and patient-focused care is why it’s been ranked one of the best maternity departments in the country.

Nursing is packed full of rewarding moments that will stay with you for the rest of your life. I often recall being there to save the life of a woman who was dying from internal bleeding. It was a wonderful and very humbling surprise when, after her recovery, she came back to the hospital to thank me.

It’s rare that people can say they love their job and I’m one of the lucky few. I’m able to work alongside a talented team of midwives in excellent facilities, with opportunity after opportunity for career progression. Education and training courses are here for the taking and it’s great that we are so openly encouraged to move our careers forward. Onwards and upwards, I say!

Meet Vijay, Senior Sister

Vijay Hi, I’m Vijay and I’m a senior sister at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. I have been practicing as a nurse for 16 years and qualified in India in 2000, and then in England in 2004, where I worked in various other NHS roles.

I started with our Trust in April 2016. Having previously lived in the countryside in Somerset, I decided I wanted to move to London. Ultimately, the city had much greater career prospects and more robust training opportunities. Plus, it was my dream to work in a big hospital whilst training, so I have Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust to thank for making that a reality!

My role is on the Harvest A ward, a new elderly short stay ward with 31 beds. I deal with all kinds of problems, such as when elderly people can’t cope at home. Working on this ward there was a particularly memorable occasion supporting a patient that was dying. The family were so grateful that they offered to donate a comfy chair to the hospital for other families to use.

I really enjoy working at our Trust and my favourite part of it is the educational training service. You get the best of both worlds as it’s all done online through e-learning, as well as face-to-face.

When it comes to our Trust, we know we’ll always get listened to, whatever role we’re in. Our Trust has a great support system in place for new starters and this, fantastic career and educational prospects, as well such friendly and caring staff. So many reasons to join.

Meet Elita, Clinical Audit Midwife

Elita Hi, I’m Elita and I’m a clinical audit midwife. I trained in Italy in 2007, first working in Panama, Placenza and then decided to join Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust in 2011 when they advertised midwife vacancies in Italy.

Many of my family members are nurses and I’ve always wanted to work in a hospital. It was not until later on that I decided that I wanted to become a midwife. I really enjoy working at our Trust, the staff have all been so welcoming to me as an overseas midwife.

My overall responsibility is to facilitate and support midwifery and medical staff in the audit process. Auditing involves reviewing the care we provide and we compare it against both national and local standards. However, things in maternity can change very quickly. One day you may be assisting a woman giving birth in our midwifery LED unit, then you can be part of a MDT dealing with an obstetric emergency, and later you may be supporting a mother celebrating the joy of a new pregnancy in the antenatal booking clinic.

In this job, you need to be really passionate and I am committed to making a difference within the Trust. Equally, there are people who have made a difference to my life and one of those is my mentor, Tracy. She’s fantastic and always helps me to develop my skills and knowledge. It’s so motivating career-wise to have someone as an example to look up to.

Our Trust is always looking at innovation and has given me many great training opportunities through different internal and external courses. I’m currently studying for a Master’s degree in Supervision whilst working. I’ve also been on a course for breastfeeding support.

I really enjoy working in our hospitals ; I have always felt welcome and lucky to have been able to work in various midwife roles, despite English not being my first language. Six years on from when I started here I am now even more motivated to come to work and make a difference to people’s lives.

Meet Lynn, Clerical Support, Trust Temps

Lynn Alexander I’ve worked for Trust Temps for the last three years and I love the variety of what I do. I’ve worked in lots of departments, Outpatients’, A&E, Maternity, and on the wards. It helps me understand what all our departments do and see the journey of our patients first-hand.

Although I’ve been in this role a relatively short amount of time, I started at the Trust 18 years ago and took time out to have my children. I’ve got three daughters who are now 15, and triplets – so I really valued how supportive and flexible the Trust was when I returned to work, and it’s that which has made me want to stay.

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