"A lot of people come and go from hospital, and with such an incredible wealth of strengths - many of which are different to mine - it’s a great opportunity to learn and be inspired by them."
Katy Stafford, who is a mental health nurse and Matron of two wards at Langley Green Hospital in Crawley, has been a proud member of the NHS for over six years, and has no plans of ever working anywhere else.
We asked Katy what it is that she enjoys so much about her job: “I enjoy the freedom and getting to meet some of the most amazing people! A lot of people come and go from hospital, and with such an incredible wealth of strengths - many of which are different to mine - it’s a great opportunity to learn and be inspired by them. I have never met people with such a huge amount of determination, care, intelligence and resilience, and it leaves me in awe. I have the privilege of completely committing to providing care for those people and offering them empowerment and hope at a very difficult time.”
“Working in the NHS, no day is ever the same, so my work could never get boring. And though our resources in the NHS are seen to be low, it gives me and my staff the opportunity to be creative with what we do have. I can nurture, invest and enthuse my staff, making us all feel empowered to come up with new ways of delivering an even better service.”
We asked Katy why she thinks the NHS is such an asset to our country: “We are able to access free health care at any point in our lives, and for a range of different causes. I feel reassured that should I or a member of my family become ill at any point, then they would be looked after.”