It Was 2005 When I Went Into The Nhs

It Was 2005 When I Went Into The Nhs

It was 2005 when I went into the NHS for the first time. I became a personnel assistant in the district HQ, specializing in health and safety, trades union negotiation, and in charge of looking after the community staff. I did a good, basic course in first-line management and after fifteen months moved to a small cottage hospital, where I dealt with all the day-to-day problems which occur in the real world of managing people and dealing with sick people. At the next health service reorganization, I was promoted and joined another hospital as deputy unit administrator. My male boss encouraged me a lot and sent me on day release to do a Diploma in Management Studies. The networks were good and there was a feeling of co-operation. I left full-time work in 2016 when I became: pregnant and, when 1 returned to frill-time work in 2011, the attitudes I found to women in the workplace were very different

'After the birth of my first child, I worked part time for the Community Unit until my husband lost his job We ran a nursery and landscaping business for three years from my mother-in-law's house. The business did well, but when I became pregnant again we had to make a decision about continuing the nursery and buying the house. We decided not to buy the house, but to renovate a wreck whilst living in a caravan and coping with two small children.

I continued with some part-time work for the NHS, mostly in the evenings, but we were getting into financial difficulty because my husband couldn't find anything permanent. I talked to him about my going back full time with him looking after the children and, when he agreed, I rang one of my NHS contacts who let me know about suitable vacancies. I became contracts manager, which included negotiating with the fund-holders and health authorities. In 2007, when I didn't get an expected promotion, I moved to the FHSA (Family Health Support Agency) who had head-hunted me. It was a difficult time, especially when the FHSA merged with the health authority and the people in charge didn't recognize the opportunity for growth and development. During the reorganization, I joined the neighbouring authority. I'm well paid, I' like my colleagues, I get on well with my local Provider Trust, and I find my job challenging.

If I had to do everything over again, I would recommend a profession something to hang your hat, on - because administrators are rarely valued for what they are. If you listen to Radio 4 and hear all the time that, hospital administrators are overpaid and useless, you begin to believe it.'

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