Lauren Groves leaves behind her tourism career in Thailand to join our Trust to help care for patients with Covid-19


Photo of lauren Lauren is amongst a number of recently recruited healthcare assistants coming from a wide range of backgrounds to join our Trust to help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 33-year-old left her job managing tourism company in Bangkok, Thailand earlier this year and started her first shift with our Trust this week (Monday 4 May 2020).

Lauren’s career in Thailand actually inspired her to take up her healthcare assistant role; she used to provide international students from Australia, New Zealand and the USA opportunities to provide healthcare for people living in Asia.

So naturally when the Covid-19 pandemic was declared at the end of March, she decided to move back to London to help the NHS and be closer to her family.

Lauren said: “I left Bangkok when the tourism trade started to die down. I instantly knew that when I got back to London I wanted to make myself useful.

“I couldn’t sit at home and do nothing.  And because of my background I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn more about the UK health care system first-hand.

“I am so pleased to have got this role with the NHS, I feel like I've fallen on my feet.  I love working with people and helping care for them. I feel this job will be so rewarding.

In some ways this will be completely different but I am really looking forward to it!”

Lauren with group

*( L-R) Lauren pictured in back row, third  along*

Lauren is one of 53 healthcare assistants our Trust has recruited to help during the Covid-19 pandemic.  We have also recruited two nurses and 19 doctors. If you interested in working with us visit our website.



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