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Rosie Mitchell

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Rosie began working for the Trust as a vaccinator in December, months after taking redundancy from a large British airline for which she had worked as cabin crew for almost 25 years. 

“I didn’t want to leave the airline,” she says. “But they were offering mixed flying, short haul and long haul, which wasn’t suitable. They had to shed a lot of people very quickly, so I took redundancy in August. 

“I didn’t want to be stuck in front of a desk all day and thought of joining the NHS but didn’t think it’d happen. Then I saw the vaccinator job advertised. They asked for cabin crew in particular because of our advanced first aid training.” 

Rosie, who lives in Chichester, has since worked more than 10 shifts at the Brighton Centre vaccination centre and is relishing every moment. 

“It’s a very similar environment: the hierarchy, camaraderie, making people feel at ease and making them welcome,” she says. “It’s about using my transferable skills – but not at 35,000ft!” 

Rosie is enjoying the chance to contribute to the national effort to tackle the virus. 

“I really did want to be part of the effort to get everything back to normal,” she says. “It’s a bit like a war effort. Everyone is from all different backgrounds and we are all just pulling together. It’s a really nice atmosphere. 

“I like the face-to-face contact with the patients, making them feel welcome and comfortable, the camaraderie, and just doing something constructive and helpful.” 

Rosie says her experience has improved her view of the NHS to such an extent that she hopes to continue working in the service once the pandemic is over. 

“The dedication and commitment of the staff is just incredible,” she says. “I’ve not come across anyone who is complacent. They are really professional and are brilliant people. We are just really lucky to have people like that in the NHS. 

“I really hope my experience will lead to something long-term in the NHS. That’s where I think I see my future.”