What do you do for the Trust?
I work as a clinical educator in theatres as an operating department practitioner (ODP), and I manage the staff in the simulation suite, which includes promoting and facilitating simulation activities on wards and in departments. Through simulation, staff can practice a variety of clinical skills in a very realistic environment.
Why did you join the Trust?
I came to the Trust on agency in 1990 from a job in Essex and decided to stay after meeting the future wife, Karen (then a student nurse).
What makes you proud of your job?
I am proud of my job and I feel I make a difference both through education and the development of qualified and registered ODPs. I am also very proud of the way myself and the simulation team have helped to develop this service throughout the Trust.
What is your highlight of 2017?
The highlight in 2017 would be the continued and varied use of simulation as a learning and development tool. This has been embraced by staff throughout the organisation.
What do you like the most about living in the South West?
The South West is a great place to raise my children, with the freedom and expanse of the moors for walking and exploring.
Favourite thing about the festive season?
The Christmas period is great for the kids to enjoy and get excited about. The whole build up and sharing the excitement with them is what’s great about the festive period.
My favourite film, although a bit dated, is The Long Good Friday. Bob Hoskins was superb in this. I don’t really have a favourite book, but I do enjoy travel and I am currently reading A Short Ride in the Jungle, which is about a motorbike journey down the Ho Chi Minh trail.
Will you be making a New Year’s resolution? If so, what?
I don’t really have a New Year’s resolution as I don’t normally last with them for more than a couple of weeks!