Staff career stories - Alison
Shifting gears from nursing in the acute sector to community nursing
What made you decide to work for Dorset HealthCare?
I have been working for Dorset Healthcare for a long time, initially starting out in a band 5 role as a community staff nurse after I chose to move from a role in the acute hospital on a medical ward because I found I was not getting any continuity of care with my patients.
What really struck you about working in the community?
Working in community services is certainly exciting and rewarding. When I worked clinically in the community I found that I used a wide variety of clinical skills, and found that providing autonomous nursing care for patients in their own homes was a real privilege. It's been wonderful to work in a team with other skilled professionals who are so focussed on providing high quality care, and although I am not in a directly clinical role anymore I now enjoy supporting others to develop their careers and to provide high quality care.
"This really is an organisation which is supportive and prioritises high quality care and development of staff."
How have you grown personally and professionally at Dorset HealthCare?
From when I first started out at Dorset HealthCare as a band 5 staff nurse I was supported by management to develop quickly. I was given the opportunity to undertake the District Nursing Specialist Practice Qualification, which opened doors to become a team leader, and then progress to a locality lead DN. I was then able to develop in my chosen path as a manager and leader. This really is an organisation which is supportive and prioritises high quality care and development of staff.
What would you say to someone considering applying to work at Dorset HealthCare?
I would absolutely say to do it. There are so many opportunities to develop your career here - the possibilities are endless.