Jane Foster-Taylor, Chief Nurse at NHS Thurrock CCG, shares her NHS story.
When did you start working in the NHS?
Why did you choose to work in the NHS?
There was never any doubt, from the age of 14 I wanted to be a nurse.
Describe what you do in 100 words?
As Chief Nurse I lead a team of nurses, and professionals who work to ensure that the 168,000 plus people living in Thurrock receive quality and safe patient services. This includes every thing from in hospital care, to health care within the community.
I am the Statutory Lead for Quality and the Caldicott Guardian. I lead on Safeguarding for adults and children, as well the Special Educational Needs lead. My role is to commission and meet the needs of the population.
Describe what you think of the NHS in one word.
If you could give the NHS any 70th birthday present what would it be?
What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about working in the NHS?
Working in a large organisation like the NHS provides you with the opportunity to evolve your career as you as a person change. I’ve found it hugely rewarding and been able to adjust my roles to suit family life, both full and part time work. An example is that I entered the NHS as a Nurse, then became a Midwife, Health Visitor, Modern Matron, I’ve had roles on Boards and so many development opportunities that have allowed me to fulfil a role as Chief Nurse.
I would say if you are willing to learn and are ambitious, the continuing professional development offered by the NHS, means you can go all the way to the top if you want to!