Samuel - Link Worker Theatres

Who's this?

Samuel is a Link Worker in Theatres at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT

What’s the story of their career to date?

Sam had various jobs before joining the NHS such as catering, warehouse and factory work and citizens advice. He became unemployed after being made redundant and, as he had an interest in working in healthcare his advisor at the Job Centre recommended he apply for the (Trainee) Nursing Assistant Pre-Employment Programme at MFT. This was an opportunity to gain experience without losing any benefits which would hopefully lead to paid employment. Sam was offered a place and attended college for 4 weeks where he completed a Level 1 Certificate for Skills for Working in the Health Care, Adult Care and Child Care Sectors, he then spent 4 weeks on placement on Ward 32 in Manchester Royal Infirmary an Adult Rehabilitation ward. When Sam had completed the Programme he successfully applied for his current role of Link Worker in Theatres

What do they do?

Sam’s role is to support his theatre colleagues; he plays an important part in ensuring all runs smoothly. He greets and reassures patients, carries out checks such as confirming patient identity and whether the patient has any allergies. He accompanies the porters who escort patients to and from theatres, all the time ensuring the patient is comfortable. He completes stock takes, helps with housekeeping, covers reception and greets medical students new to the area

What is the best part about their role?

Sam enjoys being an important part of the team and making patients feel comfortable as having an operation can be daunting. He also enjoys the work life balance

Where are they going from here?

Sam will be undertaking further training as part of his role and hopes to progress in the future. He is delighted that he had the opportunity to complete the Pre-Employment Programme and would recommend it to anyone. He started the course thinking about going into nursing but now he would like to pursue becoming an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP). The Pre- Employment Programme has opened up many options to him which he had not been aware of before

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Manchester Universities NHS Foundation Trust (Central & Trafford Sites). If you have questions then feel free to contact us.