“The thing I like best about working for the NHS is that I feel the sky is the limit. I have options and opportunities working for such a big employer."
Lisa Hotham is Personal Assistant to the Service Director and the Clinical Director for the Brighton and Hove Care Delivery Service (CDS).
“My role includes lots of paperwork to prepare for meetings and a lot of diary management. I enjoy my role and particularly like attending meetings of the CDS Board as it is interesting to see how the service is run and how decisions are made to help us provide great care. It is also great to see how potential problems are dealt with or preempted. I have a daughter who has been a service user, which has given me a special interest in Mental Health care within the NHS. I am interested to know what is going on and how people are being supported.
“When I first wanted to return to work, after raising children for some years, I was looking for something flexible, to suit my family life, so I joined the Admin Bank for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and had the opportunity to work when I wanted and to try working in lots of different environments. I have supported services, in admin roles, for the Specialist Older Adults Mental Health Service, the Perinatal Clinic in Mid Sussex, children’s services at the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath and Medical Education in Langley Green, Crawley. I eventually started looking for full time roles and worked in both East and West Brighton, in Adult Mental Health Services for a few years, before taking a permanent job at Mill View Hospital, where I settled. There is always a lovely atmosphere and a positive vibe here.
“The thing I like best about working for the NHS is that I feel the sky is the limit. I have options and opportunities working for such a big employer; I could retrain if I wanted to or work within the same organisation but in a different part of the country. Working for the NHS suits my lifestyle; it has given me a freedom and an enjoyable and varied work life.”