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- Helena Ali shares her experience of being a social prescribing link worker
- Watch Tom Newton, Diagnostic Radiographer and Karthica Santhagunanathan, Theraputic Radiographer explain their respective roles
- Hear Neil Springham, Consultant Art Therapist at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust share how art is used to help people deal with complex and confusing emotional issues
- Find out about Monika Siemicka’s role as a dietician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust advising people and helping them make informed and practical choices about their food and nutrition.
- Listen to Rita Thakaria and Carla Bone talking about a career in speech and language therapy
- Read Professor Tim Kendall’s blog on working in mental health
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Whether you’re considering an NHS career or already work in the NHS and want to inspire others to do the same, we’d love to hear from you. Please share your stories with us on social media using the #ThankYouTogether and #NHSBirthday.
Thank you returning NHS staff
Video montage of just a few of our brilliant colleagues who returned to support the NHS family.
The NHS workforce is one of the most dedicated in the world, this was proven by the amazing response from former clinical professionals when the call went out to them in March 2020 to return to the NHS as part of the initial emergency response to COVID-19. We are extremely grateful to everyone who stepped forward to offer their help.
Their clinical expertise and experience provided much-appreciated support and could still play a valuable role in the coming months as the NHS moves towards a more routine way of working, ensures staff have well-earned breaks and recovery time, and prepares for winter 2020/21, as well as addressing the future profile of COVID-19.
We are currently exploring how those who may be interested in supporting the NHS in the longer term could contribute in the future.
We asked some of #OurNHSPeople who returned to work in health and social care to explain why they returned.
John Fillis – nurse from North West and Michelle Tufnell – doctor from South West
I knew from the first day back on duty that I had made the right decision to return. My admiration for the NHS has been enhanced by my return and I intend to stay until I am confident that things have returned to some form of normality.
Lawrence Whyte (quote) – nurse from North East and Yorkshire
Since 2018, Health Education England (HEE) has been working with Inspiring the Future and Primary Futures to get more NHS staff connecting with school children of all ages on a regular basis, talking about the breadth of interesting roles available and answering questions about their jobs.
NHS Ambassadors take part in school activities such as assemblies, speed networking, career days and many more, alongside new interactive virtual sessions to connect with children and young people online. Since the campaign began our NHS Ambassadors have interacted with more than 400,000 young people.
Developing our people is vital to ensuring we support staff to perform well in challenging roles and make sure the NHS has the right people in place across all our organisations. We aim to:
- Nurture the next generation of leaders by systematically identifying, developing and supporting those with the capability and ambition to reach the most senior levels of the service
- Develop and embed cultures of compassion, inclusion, and collaboration across the NHS, leading with civility and respect
The NHS Leadership Academy provides leadership development for people of all backgrounds and experiences across health and care.