niamh profile

Niamh
Team Administrator and Communications and Engagement Assistant

I started working as an administrator for the NHS last year after graduating from University. I initially worked for Responsive Services and the cluster nurses, and then in September I heard about a full time position with the Community Respiratory Service (CRS). Having never done admin before, I was interested to see what the role would entail, and I feel having this opportunity has really helped me give back to the community.

I am now on a secondment with the Communications and Engagement team, as well as working with CRS – this is a brilliant opportunity for me, and I have the NHS to thank for it.

The NHS is an invaluable, brilliant service that I feel so privileged to have on my doorstep. We are so lucky as a country to have free health care, and it’s something that we definitely shouldn’t take for granted. My Mum has been a nurse for almost 40 years now, and from a young age I’ve always harboured so much respect for the service.

The NHS is always there for you, and there are so many inspirational, positive stories that go untold. Instead, a lot of the time, people tend to focus on the negatives rather than looking at all the amazing work going on around them.

Working for SCFT is great; there is a real community feel to the Trust and so much flexibility in terms of jobs and work experience. As a graduate, it can be hard finding the balance between wanting a full time job and money and also wanting a career in the field you’ve studied in.

Celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS is so important because it reminds us just how resilient the service is and how much it has evolved over the years.