THE WOMEN WHO SHAPE OUR FUTURE
celebrating the women in the nhs
Today, we are dedicating this message by honouring the women in our NHS and all key workers, who are keeping everyone safe, healthy and calm. At this very unique time in history as we know it, we want to shed some light on the heroes who are fighting on the frontline saving lives.
One of the biggest challenges we face as a small brand is our ways to give back – or, to put it simply, the extra things we can do to raise awareness and support the community even more. While we navigate this change and brainstorm ways to give our women at home joy and the women on the frontline hope, we want to share some stories from the courageous women on the frontline. We pressed pause with 3 key workers and asked them to share their stories and remind us what we can do to support our own health, communities and essential workers more than ever.
FIRSTLY, HOW ARE YOU AND WHERE ARE YOU?
Hi, I’m really well thank you and I am writing to you from my home in Cambridge. I hope everyone reading this is well too.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING IN HEALTHCARE - WERE YOU ALWAYS ON THE FRONTLINE?
I have been working in healthcare for the past 7 years, and yes I have always been on the frontline. Patient care is the bit I enjoy the most about the job. You get to meet so many interesting people.
WHAT'S ONE THING YOU ARE. DOING FOR YOU EVERY DAY THAT IS KEEPING YOUR SPIRITS HIGH?
I have dusted off an old espresso machine, and every day I make an espresso coffee with my favourite coffee beans. It’s a little bit like going to a café at home!
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT GIVES YOU A DOSE OF OPTIMISM AT THE MOMENT?
I love seeing the seasons change, and with the beautiful weather we have been having, I am so looking forward to the summer, and hopefully being able to enjoy it with friends and family, even if we aren’t heading to the beaches this year.
HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR COMMUNITY CAN HELP WITH YOUR WORK EVERY DAY? COULD. YOU MENTION LOCAL GROUPS WE CAN CHARE THAT MAY NEED DONATIONS?
The thing that makes the most difference is when the patients you see are understanding, empathetic and considerate of your situation. When someone says thank you, it honestly means the absolute world to me. Kindness really does mean everything right now to anyone who works on the frontline.
The local groups in Cambridge that I would support are ACT (Addenbrookes Charitable Trust) Cambridge Food Bank and Women’s Aid.
WHAT ARE THE SMALL THINGS YOU ARE. DOING EACH DAY TO SUPPORT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH?
I have been playing lots of music and listening to podcasts. I have really been loving Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place. I love hearing other peoples stories and how they have overcome difficulties in their life.
HOW CAN WE AS A COLLECTIVE INDIVIDUALS SPEND OUR TIME MINDFULLY AND. SAVE LIVES?
Please stay at home and go out for just for essentials. Keep in touch with friends to make sure they are ok, it can really make the difference for someone who may be struggling with their mental health. And enjoy this time doing all the things that otherwise we never find the time to do!
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO TALK TO US ABOUT YOUR ROLE AND LIFE AT THIS TIME, WHERE ARE YOU STATIONED RIGHT NOW?
Northwick Park Hospital
HOW LONG HAVE. YOU BEEN WORKING HEALTHCARE - WERE YOU ALWAYS ON THE FRONT LINE?
I have been in healthcare since 2008, I started my nursing degree at the University of East Anglia in Norwich where I studied for 3 years alongside studying I had to complete multiple practical placements which included working on a general children’s ward, community nursing, intensive care nursing and hospice placements. Once I completed my Degree in 2011 I started working at the Norfolk and Norwich university hospital on their paediatric assessment unit, this is similar to an Accident and an Emergency setting bit for children so you never really knew what was coming through the door! I took a career break in March – September 2014 where I went out to Sydney, Australia and worked at Sydney children’s hospital I worked on a ward called brains and bones so looked after children with brain tumours or neurological problems and broken bones! It was an incredible experience, I returned to work in the UK where I stayed in Norwich till 2018, we then moved house to Hampshire and I started work at Basingstoke hospital on there general children’s ward where I looked after a range of medical and surgical problems, our most recent move has brought me to West London, Northwick Park hospital where I work on the children’s ward. I have always been on the frontline seeing the patients and family as soon as they come into the hospital.
TELL US HOW YOU CAME INTO YOUR ROLE AS PAEDIATRIC SENIOR. HOW LONG DID YOU STUDY FOR?
I studied children’s nursing degree for 3 years at the University of East Anglia. I have also studied high dependency children, nursing model, at Cambridge Anglia Ruskin University. I became a senior/ deputy sister after having my 2nd child I felt the time was right in my career to progress onto a role with more responsibilities I take charge of shifts and support my junior staff members.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU EVERYDAY?
I find my job so rewarding, seeing a child’s face when you can make them feel even a tiny bit better is amazing. Being a mum myself I do anything to assist a child to be comfortable so when they are unwell I do everything I can to help them.
WE CAN CAN SPEAK FOR EVERYONE THAT. YOU ARE AN EVERYDAY HERO - HOW DO YOU STAY STRONG FOR YOUR PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES?
Like most nurses I’m just doing the job I love and I will continue to do the best I can to help as many families as possible. My husband is a fantastic support and knowing I can come home and squeeze my children helps too!
WE IMAGINE THAT HOSPITALS RIGHT NOW ARE IN A PLACE OF UNCERTAINTY, HOW ARE YOU STAYING CALM?
The uncertainty is horrible, but as healthcare professionals, we are in a caring profession so we all stick together, check we are all okay and stop and have breaks when we can!
WHAT IS BRINGING YOU A DOES OF OPTIMISM AT THE MOMENT?
The clap for key workers every Thursday just shows how many people are coming together! Also seeing people recover from the nasty virus is really uplifting knowing it can be beaten!
IS THERE A MESSAGE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR COMMUNITY THAT CAN HELP US TO HELP YOU?
Keep safe! Stay strong! We will all get through this together.