Can you tell us about your role and the difference it makes to patient care?
My role is to keep people safe and independent as possible, to be able to remain in their own homes or their place of preference.
I now have my own caseload, helping support patients post discharge to regain their mobility, encouraging independence to get outside and preventing re-admission into hospital.
I also complete walking aid assessments and referrals where needed. Helping them achieve their goals and improve is what I enjoy most. Listening to them and helping them achieve their “normal” is all part of our patient-centred approach.
What attracted you to being a support worker?
I first started in the Trust as a Health Care Assistant on the Rutson Rehab Ward in 1997, within a short amount of time I was working in the Outreach Team where I followed up with patients once they were discharged. I am still in a Community Team today, working as an AHP Associate Practitioner.
I was attracted to being a support worker as I enjoy helping to improve people’s ability to achieve personal goals.