Healthcare Support Workers Day

Today (23 November) we are celebrating the vital contribution of the more than 2,000 Healthcare Support Workers at our Trust. This includes Healthcare Assistants, Radiology Assistants, Maternity Support Workers, Physio Assistants and Occupational Therapy Assistants.

Ahead of our Healthcare Support Workers Day event in the East Atrium, we have been speaking to colleagues about what they love about working at NNUH.

HCA Daniel Barnes has worked in the NNUH Fracture Clinic for the last four months.

“I work with a nice team and no day is the same. The NHS and NNUH has done so much to help me and my family and it’s a privilege to be able to return the favour,” he said.

Radiology Assistant Claire Watkins, who has worked at NNUH for 13 years, said: “I love meeting people from all walks of life and giving the best care, even if they are in our department for a short period of time.”

Paulo Teixeira has worked in the Emergency Department for the last six years. He said: “It is wonderful to work in ED as this is where it begins for patients to help them get better and we work with good doctors and nurses.”

His colleague Lucy Thurgood, who has been a HCA for three years in the Emergency Department, said: “I like the variety and I like caring for my patients. As a Band 3 I have enhanced skills and there is good multi-disciplinary working here.”

Emerson Evangelista, HCA on Intwood, added: “NNUH have provided me the skills, knowledge and abilities to be an effective HCA and I will forever be grateful. Being a Healthcare Assistant can be physically challenging and exhausting at times but is outweighed by the feeling of accomplishment and pure happiness after you’ve provided and given the outmost care to those individual patients who are in need of your help. Together with the other HCAs we know we make a difference each day in our own little way.”

Shelly Cutting, HCA on Emergency Assessment Unit for Surgery (EAUS), said: “I like the team and the patient contact – it is a nice place to work. It is a busy ward and it is a rewarding role.”