My first placement
01 Nov 2015
Two months ago today I worked my last day in my previous job in preparation to start the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme (GMTS). It feels like a lifetime ago that my husband and I moved across the country and settled into our new flat ready for me to start me first placement on the GMTS with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Orientation was a fantastic opportunity to learn so much about the NHS, the Trust…and to explore some of beautiful Northumberland. It was absolutely the best induction I have ever experienced and I got the opportunity to see and experience more than I knew was possible in a month.
I spent time in the Oncology Unit at Wansbeck General Hospital, a morning in Sexual Health Services at Morpeth, a shift in A & E at the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital (NSECH) and a day in theatres where I was able to watch four operations, including a caesarean section and the birth of a beautiful baby girl. I had fun shadowing Porters, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists, Patient Experience Team and General Managers at North Tyneside General Hospital and visited maternity units in NSECH and Hexham….and much more! I visited so many services and met so many inspirational people to create memories that I will carry with me, reflect on and use throughout my HR Management career.
Early on in my orientation I spent half an hour sat anonymously in reception at North Tyneside General Hospital, just watching people arriving for appointments, staff arriving for work, volunteers interacting with visitors and just the general activity. Admittedly I didn’t schedule that time intentionally, it was my lack of local knowledge allowing a ridiculous amount of time to get through traffic to work but it is definitely something I would do again. Every member of staff exemplifies the caring approach to patients and visitors, they give so much respect and always go the extra mile - I have been completely overwhelmed at times.
I can’t think of a better place to spend my first placement than somewhere where these values are put into practise on a daily basis. Everyone knows the impact they have to patients regardless of whether they are in a clinical or non-clinical role and I’m surrounded in an environment where people don’t need to be reminded of the NHS constitution – they are wonderful role models of what the NHS is and how it should be.
I picked up a pin badge at the national welcome event which says “Proud of the NHS” – I am proud of the NHS and even more so, I’m proud to be part of it.
My new life has been a rollercoaster of emotions and not without challenges but I’ve no regrets!