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Meet some of our team and discover why they choose to work at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.

Lynne | Sister in the Outpatients Department

Describe a typical day for you

Although there are the planned aspects of each day, with the booked appointments for a large variety of clinics covering all aspects of orthopaedics we also have a large oncology service, pain clinics, hand therapy services and nurse led dressing clinics.

As a Sister I work in the clinics but also have responsibility for the smooth running of the department, monitoring the day to day aspects of the clinics and escalating any problems that we are unable to resolve at a department level.

The other large responsibility is staff wellbeing at all levels, to support them and encourage them to advance their careers within the NHS. There is no typical day! But that is the challenge that I love.

How long have you worked at the ROH?

I have worked at the ROH for just over 20 years but have worked in the NHS for 43 years.

Why did you choose to work at ROH

I have mainly worked in Orthopaedics in my career and as the ROH has such a good repetition it was the obvious place to work.

What do you value most about working at the ROH

The team work I think. Everyone works together to ensure we do the best for all of our patients supporting them and their family/carers through their treatment whether it be a simple minor operation or major life-changing treatment. There is a lovely atmosphere working at the ROH, because it is a single site.

Dola | Infection Prevention and Control Nurse

Describe a typical day for you

As an IPCN, working in one of Europe’s renowned orthopaedic hospital every day is never the same. Our patients health and wellbeing is our main priority in ROH and as an IPCN this involves a lot of planning and collaborative working starting from when the patient has been accepted to the time they return home. I work with a diverse range of specialists and ensuring patients are screened for all the required screens is part of my daily task. As patients results are released, I ensure any patient that require isolation or pre-admission treatment are given the appropriate intervention before they arrive. This I do by communicating with consultants and their team to make sure no patient admission puts another patient at any infection risk.

The environment the patient will be coming to is also part of a patient experience, so an environmental audit of every clinical area is carried out every 6 months to ensure our clinical areas are clean, safe and delivering harm free care.

When I am not doing audits, you would find me teaching either on the ward or in lecture theatres. Training and education of staff is something I am passionate about. Talking to student nurses and my nurse colleagues gives me a chance to share something with them and also for me to hear their views as well.

Giving advice on the phone and face to face is another part of my job that I don’t take lightly, hence I ensure I keep myself up to date with infection prevention and control updates. Answering patients’ questions when I tell them about their infection and relating with relatives is also part of what I do. This gives me opportunity to interact with patients and listen to them as well.

To be able to make a difference in the patients’ lived experience gives me so much satisfaction and that is why I do this job.

How long have you worked at the ROH

18 months

Why did you choose to work at ROH

I chose ROH because I wanted a change in my career at the time I joined, and ROH had an opportunity for me at the same time.

What do you value most about working at the ROH

The diversity in the trust and the opportunity to advance in my chosen speciality are the things I value most.

Tracey | Healthcare Assistant

Describe a typical day for you

A typical day for me in the Outpatients Department consists of running and managing the flow of clinics, including supporting patients on their journey through the hospital, working to a very high standard to provide a safe and clean environment at all times.

How long have you worked at the ROH

I've worked at ROH for eight years.

Why did you choose to work at ROH

I choose to work at the ROH because it was important to me that my employer had an excellent reputation and operated to a very high standard. It's important for me to feel proud of who and where I work as I like to think I have very high standards myself and so would have struggled to accept anything less.

What do you value most about working at the ROH

What I value most about working at the ROH is working with like minded people who are kind, caring and really want to help make a difference to peoples lives. I feel very privileged to be part of the Outpatients team who work tirelessly to ensure that every patient has the best possible experience at the ROH.

Julie | Healthcare Assistant

Describe a typical day for you

My role includes helping patients with personal care, help with any needs they might have mobilising, having chats with patients and help with their worries. I also serve meals and assist with dressing patients, or helping with any toileting needs. I also help with tea rounds, making beds, making sure bins are emptied and laundry bags put out and rooms are Clinell wiped.

How long have you worked at the ROH?

I have been in my role as a health care assistant for five years. Previously, I was a carer in the community and then I worked in a care home. I have always cared for family members and elderly people – it’s something I really enjoy doing. I look forward to coming to work, which tells me I’m doing something I enjoy!

Why did you choose to work at ROH?

The reason why I applied for a job at ROH was my dad was on Ward 3 and was diagnosed with lymphoma. After visiting over time, I commented how friendly everyone was. He told me how lovely it was at ROH, so I applied for a job. My dad went on to make a full recovery after chemo and radiotherapy and two new hips that were replaced at ROH.

I would recommend working at ROH to anyone. The people are friendly no matter what role they are in. It’s a brilliant place to work.

Shigi | Theatre Practitioner

Describe a typical day

In a typical day at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, I assist the overall running of the Theatre department. My duties begin well before the theatre start time. Having the right equipment, the right instruments and right mix of skilled staff are contributing factor for the smooth running of the department. I like to come in a little bit earlier so I can arrange everything before we start.

My theatre days are often fantastic even though it can be intense and we are on our feet all day.

How long have you worked at the ROH?

I have worked at ROH since June 2012.

Why did you choose to work at the ROH?

Whether I am scrubbing or circulating, I always enjoy my job.

Ellie | Lead Research Nurse

Describe a typical day

I am the Lead Research Nurse at ROH based in the Knowledge Hub, the home of research and education at the Trust.

I started my career at Russells Hall Hospital on a trauma and orthopaedic ward and there, our more complex cases would always be referred to ROH and this is what first attracted me to the hospital. The patient population we see at ROH is vast and still now I am continually learning about treatments and surgical techniques that happen here and feel like I'm in a great position to learn first-hand the future of orthopaedic care. As I see patients at all different time points of their journey, it's great to hear their positive feedback on our patient care first-hand.

I wanted to make a difference to patient care. In my role, I am able to provide personalised care to my patients but together we are also making changes for future patients by continuing to learn and innovate treatments and supporting new research.

How long have you worked at the ROH?

I have been doing this role since October 2021 but have worked in the Research Team since May 2014.

What do you value most about working at the ROH

I believe nursing gives you a variety of skills and opportunities, leading you down many avenues. For this reason no nursing career is the same so it’s up to the individuals to make their mark and I feel the ROH is supporting me to make mine.

Shamaila | Nurse

Describe a typical day

Nursing is one of the most respectful professions and offers great career opportunities. Nurses work in variety of settings and specialities, with the option to work in hospitals, nursing homes, occupational health, clinics, community, medical offices, schools or shelters. There are more than 100 specialities nurses can choose from. Moreover, nurses can choose to extend their career to become an advanced nurse practitioner by gaining a Master's degree. The wide range of specialties means that nursing can appeal to people with varied interests. They can use their nursing skills in a multitude of practice areas.

I think nursing is a responsible and rewarding profession with great career opportunities.

How long have you worked at the ROH

I have more than 14 years’ experience as a nurse. It was always my desire to work in the medical profession and I think nursing was best option for me at that time.

Why did you choose to work at the ROH

I think ROH is a great organisation and offers a very valuable experience not only for experienced nurses but provides great support to newly-qualified nurses. Everyone is very supportive at ROH and even as an overseas nurse I did not have to face any problems and difficulties.