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Explore what a career in healthcare is really like here from our colleagues in the blogs below. If you're interested in applying, you can also view all our vacancies on NHS jobs.

From Bricklayer to Older Adult Mental Health Matron

‘’My name is Alex, I am Matron at New Haven, Older Adult Mental Health at the Princess of Wales Community Hospital in Bromsgrove. I’ve worked for the Trust since 2004, which is a total of 17 years now.

I left school at 16 and became an Apprentice Bricklayer, after trying that out I decided on a career change and started working for the NHS aged 18 for Solihull Primary Care Trust as a Residential Support Worker, supporting patients living with profound Learning Disabilities and complex behaviours

I then chose to complete an ‘Access to Nursing’ course alongside working in 2003, which allowed me to be able to go to University and study Mental Health Nursing which I commenced in 2005.

After qualifying in 2008 and I worked as a Staff Nurse in Psychiatric Intensive Care and Mental Health Recovery team. Within a few years I moved into a role as Deputy Ward Manager at New Haven, where I am now based. My career has progressed from there and I became Ward Manager and then Matron (my current role).

Within my current role I thoroughly enjoy working with our team as well as the opportunity to support positive change within the Older Adult Mental Health Pathway.

My advice to anyone thinking of starting a career in healthcare or working towards qualifying as a Nurse would be, be bold and open minded. When I first qualified or even as a student I didn’t expect to work within Older Adult Mental Health but it is where I have found my passion for mental health nursing and I find it truly rewarding and satisfying as a career.

I would describe our Trust as fair and inclusive. I have been given the chance to grow my career with this organisation and am thankful to those I have worked with over the years that have supported my development and given me the opportunities I have had.

I also enjoy the mixture of rural and urban culture we have in the county, we see a wide variety of patients and this helps us develop and further hone our skills as practitioners.’’

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