Careers Champion case study
Learning Environment Coordinator, Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust
Tell us a bit about your role and how long you’ve worked for the NHS?
I work within the apprenticeship team and support people onto apprenticeships. I also lead on the medication management programme which upskills our assistant practitioners and allied health professionals to administer medications.
Tell us what attracted you to the Careers Champion role?
I’ve had quite a long career with the NHS, starting back in 1989 when I joined NSFT as domestic support before beginning my healthcare career in 1994 as a clinical support worker. The NHS have been particularly good regarding the development of my career and this is something that I wanted to give back as a Careers Champion. It is a role that really appeals to me and I look forward to being able to work across the system as well as within NSFT.
How do you think your experience within the NHS will support fellow colleagues?
My current role requires me to support people onto development programmes and to help people develop their careers. I certainly think through my own personal experience, I’ve seen everything from the ground up and I’ve got a breadth of knowledge across the 30 years since I started in healthcare.
I would like to think I’ve developed the necessary skills and knowledge, and have a wide overview of the services that we provide to be able to guide people to help them find their
What would your advice be to someone who is hesitant in approaching a Careers Champion?
Talk to us if you’re unsure about getting advice. If there is something that’s niggling away at you, then maybe by just having the forum to be able to express those thoughts and
feelings, we can point you in the right direction.
Careers Champions – Helping You To Map Out Your Future Career Pathway
Why do you think now is the time for the Careers Champions campaign?
I think there are a number of elements why this is such a good idea. We have to look first and foremost at NHS staffing and how we encourage people to see what a great career they have or can have in order to have a direct impact on recruitment and retention.
This programme can really bridge that gap and start feeding into our future development plans. I hope it will build a sustainable workforce that’s going to grow for the future.