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My NHS Journey - 50 years' service

Duncan Chadwick

Duncan has spent all of his 50 years working at Clatterbridge Hospital.

He started as a Postal Messenger (cycling around the site to make his deliveries) before moving onto portering in Theatres and then onto the Casualty Department.

Transport was Duncan’s next area of work, where he spent a number of years driving the vans. He delivered laundry to other hospitals and post and blood samples between the hospital and local GP surgeries. He said: "I liked the freedom of being out on the road when I was driving."

For the last 26 years Duncan has been a Porter in the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. Although he could retire if he wished, he has spent the last 2 years working every Monday. He said: “It’s the company of the staff and patients that keeps me coming to work and I have always enjoyed that about my job.”

 

Sister Sue Clinton

Sue's first taste of the NHS was when, during her school summer break, she worked as a Nursing Cadet at St Catherine’s Hospital. Her plan was to go to Music College after completing school but her experience  as a cadet made her realise that nursing was a career she wished to follow. This led to three years of training, both at St Catherine’s and Birkenhead General Hospital.

A year after qualifying Sue was appointed as a Junior Sister at Birkenhead General, then transferred to Arrowe Park Hospital on the first day it was opened. Sue has worked full time on Ward 32 ever since and says:  "I always look forward to coming to work and thoroughly enjoy my job."

Sue was awarded Employee of the Year in 2010 and in October 2015 was invited as one of the Nurse representatives to attend the yearly Cerner convention in Kansas. Sue said; “This was a great opportunity and a wonderful experience."

During the past 50 years Sue has witnessed many changes in the NHS, including an increased acuity and throughput of patients, improved interaction between patients, relatives and the multidisciplinary team and has observed nurses become more autonomous within the nursing profession.

Sue has had to adapt to new ways of working during her career, remains passionate about maintaining care standards and says: “It is really important to remain positive, embrace change and continue to move with the times in an ever-changing role.”