From here I decided I wanted to do something bigger and better and so returned to J.D Wetherspoon where I quickly worked my way up to Deputy Manager whilst I decided on my next move.
The NHS graduate scheme caught my attention straight away and after being unlucky the first year, I used the extra year to gain additional experiences and re-applied this time becoming successful. I chose the finance stream after developing an interest in the finance side of business through my management exposure having declared I would "never be an accountant." I joined the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme in September 2012.
Currently on my first placement in Financial Accounts, my daily tasks are very varied depending on which team my rotation places me with and indeed what time of the month/ year is it. From chasing invoices, the paying invoices, counting cash and processing travel expense- one things for sure.....no two days are the same.
Tasked with achieving set competencies, the experience is what you make it and so I have used contacts built whilst on my Trust induction to give me further insight into the development of the Trust I work at. Currently working on a key project to develop our Radiology services, I think this patient focussed element to my work is essential to remind me the importance of putting patients at the centre of every decision I make.
Being from a clinical background, I have really enjoyed seeing the "other side" of the NHS and how hard people work behind the scenes as well as in the patient facing positions to keep it ticking over.
With the current reforms in the NHS it's important to understand what you are applying for. Utilise the variety of resources out there- speak to as many people as you can- don't just rely on the Internet.
If you are applying for the Finance scheme, be prepared to work hard. The job is very rewarding but juggling that with your accountancy studies and getting the right balance is tough but with the right drive and ambition to succeed the sky is the limit.
Having completed a project to review patient experience of Discharge at my Trust, I was given a place on the agenda of the Discharge Advisory Board meeting. It was such a great feeling to be able to present my report to them and for it to be so well received I felt like I was really making a difference. It also achieved me a really good mark in one of my PGCert assignments.
Whatever your future leadership ambitions are, the NHS offers a fantastic start with a variety of challenging placements in an organisation that is wholeheartedly determined to provide equal opportunities to all employees. Selection for the scheme is based solely on aptitude and ability to ensure we have the best leaders for the NHS.Visit website