Gosia Clarke, Clinical Audit Facilitator:
“I'm originally from Krakow in Poland but, when I got married 17 years ago, I moved to England. Getting a job at Chorley Hospital was a great start to my working life; you meet a lot of people and every day is different. Luckily, it's a small and friendly hospital. Becoming a mum made me rethink many things in life and led me to change my job to a 9-5 one within the organistaion. I became a Clinical Audit Assistant and, through on-job training and in-house and outside courses, I moved through the ranks to the post of facilitator. I love my current role, as I support clinicians and have built a good rapport with them, so we can improve our practice and provide a great service to our patients. I also like the flexibility offered to me; I can adjust my working hours to fit in with my family, and the onsite nursery was a life saver!"
Tracey Ellis, Consultant Radiographer:
“In 2000, I married my husband and we decided to relocate back up North with his job. I managed to get a job in Preston in 2001 but as I was used to working in large departments, I was only planning to stay for about 6 months or so.
However, when I arrived I found that I loved living in Preston. It is accessible to large cities, such as Manchester and Liverpool, but also has the advantage of being less than an hour from the beautiful Lake District. The staff in the department were very friendly and encouraging of new ideas and embraced change.
I have now worked at Preston for 16 years. In that time I have had numerous job promotions and been offered many opportunities for development. For example, my manager supported the idea I had to develop radiographer-led on treatment review and assessment of patients receiving radiotherapy. This was a role previously unique to the Clinical Oncology doctors. I was supported by study leave and some funding to allow me to complete my Master’s degree and more recently have had the opportunity to study and qualify as an independent prescribing radiographer.
In April 2015, I became the first Consultant Radiographer within the radiotherapy department in Preston working in the specialism in Uro-Oncology. Upon reflection, my temporary move to Preston was the best move I ever made and I would encourage others to join our friendly and dynamic team.”