“I loved being an ODP in theatres and would have happily stayed there my entire working life. I just wanted to see if I could progress. Live on the edge of the comfort bubble, so to speak, instead of languishing in the centre of it risk-free. I wouldn’t have been happy without at least giving it a go.”
“For any nurse looking to have greater responsibilities and challenges, as well as a tremendous sense of fulfilment, I would recommend they talk to Practice Plus Group about how a career in Health in Justice could make a difference to them.”
“When Practice Plus Group offered me the chance to take on a nursing associate apprenticeship through the Open University, I jumped at it. My colleagues support me and the GPs and senior nurses act as mentors as I shadow them, and they sign off my work as proof for the course of my developing skills.”
“I also respect Practice Plus Group’s ethos – it really does put the patient front and centre of all it does and that is an ethos I share. It also puts great emphasis on staff development. My career is important to me and, as well as developing my clinical skills, I have been able to further my managerial skills with courses on leadership, governance and business.”
“My colleagues are great and my patients are not the ‘bad boys’ you would expect they are: they are just people who have made bad choices. The great thing is this is a job where you can make a real difference to people’s lives and futures.”
Nandani, 27, is Pharmacy Technician at HMP Hewell and she values the development opportunities the work brings, as well as the friendship and support of working in a close team.
I am proud to work for Practice Plus Group because the company shares and lives my ethos. And those values are lived every day by the team – the patient is at the heart of all we do. If you have the same passion for patient care and you have clinical or excellent organisational skills and you are ready for a new challenge.
A respected orthopaedic surgeon from Practice Plus Group Hospital Shepton Mallet (formerly Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre) is celebrating performing more than 2,000 hip replacements at the hospital.
Tracie had spent 20 years working in HR when she was suddenly drawn back to a childhood desire to be a nurse. She explained: “When I left school, I wanted to be a nurse, but family circumstances took me in another direction. At the age of 40 I knew I needed something more engaging and fulfilling to see me through my working life. I attended a nursing open day in Shropshire and that was it – I was hooked!”
I wanted to get away from the madness of the general hospital where I rarely got a break and it cost a fortune to park my car (if I was lucky enough to find a space!). A friend pointed me in the direction of Practice Plus Group and Devizes Surgical Centre. I arranged a tour and was pleasantly surprised at what I found. The staff were very welcoming. The centre itself was clean, light and airy and I could park my car for free!
I was very well supported by Practice Plus Group during this time and was able to excel and make a mark, so when there was a vacant post for a Regional Medical Director (RMD) for London it was suggested that I apply for this role. In June 2015, I became the Regional Medical Director, which was an immensely fulfilling and satisfying role. I balanced this management job with OOH work, as well as remaining a partner in a practice in South West London, and Practice Plus Group allowed me immense flexibility to do all this.