Charlotte Rowe

Charlotte Rowe@NHS from 13/07/18 to 17/08/18

Twitter: @rowsie136

Condition and job title: Previously Graduate Management Trainee, now Service Manager. Successfully treated 2017 for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Place of treatment and work:

  • Work: Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust
  • Diagnosed: West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust
  • Treated: Ysbyty Gwynedd (Bangor, North Wales)
  • Current Follow Up: UCLH

I’m a Service Manager within the Surgery Division at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Hackney, North East London. I manage the operational running of the General Surgery, Breast Surgery, Bariatric Surgery and Plastic Surgery departments. My aim is to make the services run as smoothly as possible for both patients and staff.

I left university with a Biology degree and shortly after joined the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme. The scheme exposed me to the variety of opportunities available for managers in the NHS, as a provider of services and a commissioner. I was also able to complete a project with Network Rail in their Suicide Prevention Team. Overall I learnt more about leadership than I could have possibly imagined and I’m keen to continue learning as I embark on my NHS career.

Whilst I was on the scheme, I was reminded that we will all be patients at some point in our lives. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, at the age of 25 which was a massive shock.

Being a young cancer patient was a strange experience and I struggled to find support which was aimed at my age group. Fortunately I found the charity Shine after I finished treatment and was able to spend time with others who had been through something similar. Now I’m about to run the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October to raise some money to expand the charity.

I’ve just moved to London a few months ago, so you’ll find me out and about trying to experience everything the city has to offer!

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