12 Supported Interns started the programme in September 2016.
Here are some of their stories.
“The day starts early, I get into my scrubs and then straight away start delivering equipment. The job mainly involves bringing sterile equipment to the theatres and taking used equipment back to the service rooms. We have to be very careful with stock and use scanners to keep track of everything. I scan the parcels in and out. If we have a quiet time I get to look in on theatre which is good because I will be working there in a few months, providing equipment to the medical team.
It’s great to work with a lot of different people. I love the internship and will be staying with the surgery unit for the whole year, doing various roles.”
“I work working in administration, making appointments and updating records of neurosurgery patients. I’ve also been recording details from patient calls and will soon start dealing with telephone enquiries.
I’ve learned about working with spreadsheets, using a scanner and looking after private details. It is very important to be careful with this work.
It was nerve wracking at first but I got used to it quickly thanks to my colleagues and the support we get. I am pleased to have come out of my comfort zone and am having a great time here!”
“At the moment, I am based in the post room.
We handle thousands of letters going out to patients every day. I had training in what to do on the post run and now enjoy seeing the people I have got to know as I do the rounds. In this role you have to be careful and pay attention to processes. I like working in the hospital and keeping busy, this has been a good new experience for me.”
“I maintain equipment supplies in my ward.
After being shown what to do I was working on my own from the second day! I like being able to work independently, and in this job there is always something to do – checking stocks and delivering supplies to consulting rooms. This is a proper job, it is different to the volunteering I have done before. I enjoy the work even more than being in class.”