I finished secondary school in Ghana then I worked as a radio presenter/radio DJ for almost 8 years. I also worked as a DJ in nighclubs and in a restaurant. I then made the decision to move to the UK.
When I came to the UK, I did Level 3 Diploma for Children and Young People’s Workforce: Social Care Pathway and also Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Early Learning and Childcare (City&Guilds).
When I came to the UK everything changed but I did a bit of Djing at Leeds Town. I also worked with children with disabilities in a company called UBU as an Enabler.
I began working for the NHS in 2013. I worked at Newton Lodge (medium secure mental health unit) in Wakefield as a health care support worker.
After two years I moved to a new post job at the Becklin Centre, also working in mental health. I initially worked on one of the female wards but have been lucky to work around all the wards at the Becklin Centre as a support worker.
After a couple of years working as a health care support worker, I moved to the Newsam Centre Ward 4, male mental health ward, as an Occupational Therapy Assistant or ‘OTA’ for around a year and then I moved to Ward 3 in the Becklin and I have been there for 3 years now.
I moved straight to Leeds as my wife lived here. I was lucky to visit BBC Leeds because my sister-in-law used to work there. I couldn’t understand the accent at all so it made me change my mind to not to work as radio broadcaster.
However my wife encouraged me to work in the care sector. I had worked with children in Ghana already as an assistant football coach. That is the reason why I chose to work in the care sector which I am pleased about – I have no regrets.
It is lovely to see the progress of patients and that makes it a very rewarding job for me
What do you love about your role?
I have been lucky to get tremendous support from every team I have worked with in the Trust. They always challenge me because they know where my strengths are and I enjoy it.
I have brought music and DJing to all my jobs in the UK.I have had a lot of support from all the managers I have worked with, funding equipment and things needed to run groups/activities.
I love running activities/groups such as a walking group, morning get together groups, out & about, music/DJ group, Art & Crafts and many more.
Also it is great when the Occupational Therapy (OT) team come up with a show like the Christmas concert, Summer fair, Show us your Talent, Open Mic Night and much more.
The patients enjoy it and the impact on them is positive which I am really pleased about.
What does your role look like day to day?
It varies from day to day. That way we meet the needs of our patients. It is a job whereby anything can happen.
Even though I am a positive minded person I am also always ready for anything that comes because it is not easy job. I use a variety of therapies and de-escalation techniques to de-stress patients.
I run groups and activities most of the day and have one-to-one chats with patients when required.
I also work as a team with the ward staff to carry out patient safety assessments, home visits and so on.
It is lovely to see the progress of patients and that makes it a very rewarding job for me.