Tameside Hospital’s newly appointed Clinical Skills Educator has spurned the chance to go sailing off into the sunset with her partner – because she’s already done it.
Kat Andrews met her partner Danny while working as a ship’s nurse for a cruise liner company and has decided to set anchor after the 30-year-old landed a role back within the NHS, at the hospital where she trained, qualified and then launched her career as a nurse.
“I trained at Tameside and my first job was at Tameside so you could say Tameside was my first love,” said Kat. “I went off and spent three and a half years as a ship’s nurse, which is when I met Danny, before returning to Tameside Hospital to work as a sister in A&E and then decided go for Clinical Educator role.”
Kat explained why she and bar supervisor Danny wouldn’t be taking to the ocean again anytime soon.
“We enjoy travelling but spending that much time away is not on the cards anytime soon! All my knowledge of the NHS is from Tameside Hospital and it holds a special place in my heart, so when I did decide to come back, this was where I wanted to be.”
As Clinical Skills Educator, Kat will have responsibility for delivering a range of training courses to hospital staff as well as GPs from across the area.
“Training is absolutely integral to the life of anyone working in hospitals or a community healthcare setting,” added Kat. “It’s not simply that it’s a part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s code of conduct, but things are changing all the time and we, as healthcare professionals need to keep up.
“I’ve always been involved in training and it was a big part of my role while working as a sister in A&E. It’s nice to think that with this role I have a chance to make a real difference.”
As well as facilitating the hospital’s preceptorship programme and the patient-focused induction programme, Kat will also be the hospital’s associate resuscitation officer and deliver training to doctors from across the Tameside area.
Kat takes up her new role on March 27 and says she is looking forward to the challenges ahead.
“I can’t wait to get started. I’m sure it’s going to bring its own unique challenges, but having worked in A&E, I’d like to think I’m able to deal with anything!”