"I definitely feel that when I come to work I make a difference for the better. I get to meet so many interesting, inspiring people – staff and service users."
Throughout 2017, nurse consultant Kate Stammers has been the face of Sussex Partnership’s Return to Practice campaign – encouraging nurses who might have taken a break from nursing to return to the profession. Kate herself returned to nursing in 2008 after a 6 year break raising her two sons and has shared her story over the last 12 months inspiring and encouraging many former nurses across Sussex and Hampshire back into the profession.
Here’s her story:
Why did you join the NHS and why did you want to become a nurse?
I always wanted to have a career that was meaningful. So many people do not enjoy what they do - I think that this is partly due to some jobs not feeling worthwhile. I definitely feel that when I come to work I make a difference for the better. I get to meet so many interesting, inspiring people – staff and service users. This helps me to appreciate life. It is a privilege to share someone’s journey with them.
What does your current role involve?
I work as a Nurse Consultant in ChYPS - Children and Young People’s Service.
The post is county-wide, covering East and West Sussex and I support approximately 120 nurses. This involves a number of areas such as training, recruitment, retention, as well as nurse wellbeing and development. I oversee the clinical governance of nursing care and lead on the strategic development of nursing within the directorate. I also work to help build and promote the identity and value of our nurses.
What do you think makes the NHS so special?
It’s open to everyone. It aims to help and improve lives as much as possible. There is a real team spirit and a common goal to help people and share journeys. The NHS positively works for all.
What do you think the next 70 years hold for the NHS?
I hope that we will get more funding and continue to grow and develop to be able to meet the increasing needs of our population. Staff work so hard and are so passionate about getting the best outcomes for all people – this is truly unique and should be nurtured.