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Working at Woodland Hospital 

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Find out below what it's really like working at Woodland Hospital from some of our team. 

Karen Reynoldson is Head Receptionist at Woodland Hospital, and has worked in the Reception Team here for 27 years.

Why did you choose to work here at Woodland?
I joined Woodland Hospital in 1990, and started as an Evening Receptionist. My children were young, and the shifts on reception allowed me to be flexible – the role fitted well around my home life.
How has your career developed since joining Woodland Hospital?
Quite a bit! I started as an Evening Receptionist working sixteen hours a week, and I am now Head Receptionist. My claim to fame is that I am the only member of the Administrative Team to have been here since day one! 
How has Woodland supported and invested in you and your career?
I feel I have been supported throughout my time here - I have always been encouraged and have been on various training courses according to the needs of the job.
What’s the best thing about your job, and working at Woodland Hospital?
The best part is meeting lots of different people, and being part of a fantastic team.
What is your best piece of career advice?
Treat everyone how you would like to be treated – with respect and kindness. 

Carolyn Ginns is our Ward Manager, and has worked in this role since March 2017.

Why did working at Woodland Hospital appeal to you?
I worked here clinically as an agency nurse for around a year, and took shifts most weeks. It allowed me to refresh my clinical skills and I really enjoyed it. I liked the environment, business ethos and high levels of quality care.
What has been the best piece of career advice you’ve been given?
Be yourself, work to your strengths, and don’t expect anyone to do anything you wouldn’t do yourself.
What is your favourite part of working in a clinical role?
Definitely patient contact. It’s nice to feel that over my career I have built up clinical credibility by using the transferable skills I’ve acquired - I am still using them in a clinical capacity on a daily basis, with patients. 
Why would you recommend Woodland as a place to work to potential employees?
It’s a really nice environment to work in – it’s busy, but it has really nice qualities, and amazing people. There are great development opportunities and everyone works together and wants to help each other out. I was allocated a buddy when I started and that’s been brilliant - the support I’ve received from SMT and the people I work with has been fantastic.
Describe what it’s like to work at Woodland in 3 words
Interesting. Challenging, Exciting. 

Kate Jones is a Business Office Administrator and has worked at Woodland Hospital for 14 years.

Why did you choose to work here at Woodland?
I worked here for a few weeks just after I left school, my mum was the ward manager back then. A few years later a job came up in the accounts department as the purchase ledger and as I had enjoyed working here, I sent in my CV! And that was that, I’ve been here ever since. I have worked in various roles within accounts/business office but now I am the private biller and an NHS coder

What is your favourite part of your role?
It’s a very busy and varied role which I enjoy. It’s great to work closely within my department and over the wider hospital to meet our deadlines and objectives.

Hannah Ansell, a Pharmacy Technician has worked at Woodland Hospital for 15 months as a member of bank staff, and has recently moved to contracted hours.

Why did you choose to work at Woodland Hospital? 
I chose to work here because I liked the setting, and the feel of the hospital. I have been part of large hospital departments in the past, but I wanted to be part of a smaller friendly team that would work together with the other hospital teams to provide a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. I really believe in the value of teamwork and working with other people towards a common goal and felt that the Woodland would provide an opportunity to do this.
Also, I like being able to talk to patients; not every pharmacy job requires patient contact, and when I have had positions that were solely within the department, I found that I missed that element of the job.
Why would you recommend Woodland as a place to work to potential employees? 
I would recommend working here because it is a great opportunity to work in a hospital where you can directly influence and improve patient care, because your role has so much more impact in a smaller team. 
Describe what it’s like to work at Woodland in 3 words: 
Busy! Challenging. Rewarding.

Mariam Tahir is a Physiotherapist and has worked at Woodland for a year.

Why did you choose to work here at Woodland?
I wanted to be at a private hospital so I was able to give more time to patients, and provide high quality care.
Why would you recommend Woodland as a place to work to potential employees? 
Because the team and staff are wonderful - like a family!

 

Melanie Mitchell is Woodland Hospital’s Administration Supervisor, and started working here in December 2016.

Why did you choose to work here at Woodland?
I chose to apply for a role here so I could better my career, progress, and be able to stay working for Ramsay.
How has Woodland supported and invested in you and your career? 
I’ve only been here a short time, but I feel 100% supported.
What is your favourite part of your role?
I like being able to reach targets and goals that have been set, as well as ensuring patient pathways are carried out correctly.
Why would you recommend Woodland as a place to work to potential employees? 
It is so friendly and a happy place to work, every department will work with you as a team. I travel from Nottingham every day, but it is worth the miles and traffic on the M1 as I enjoy my job, and that makes it worthwhile.
Describe what it’s like to work at Woodland in 3 words
Welcoming, organised and great!


Katarzyna Bulak is a Staff Nurse at Woodland Hospital, and has worked here since February 2016.

Why did you choose to work here at Woodland Hospital? 
I studied nursing in Poland and came to the UK after finishing my studies - it was very difficult to start work in my profession without prior experience. Woodland gave me that chance, and I really enjoy working here.
How has Woodland supported you and your career? 
I have met lovely and helpful people. The staff in the hospital have helped and supported me to do what I love – to be a nurse.
Why would you recommend Woodland as a place to work to potential employees? 
There are lots of helpful staff, a really nice atmosphere, and it’s a modern hospital.



Charlotte Timmins is the Operations Manager, and joined Woodland Hospital in October 2016.

How long have you worked here?
6 weeks although as everyone has been so welcoming it feels a lot longer!
Why did you choose to work here at Woodland?
Career development, and to gain experience of the private sector. As the NHS changes towards a great reliance on the private sector for elective care, I felt private sector experience was vital for my long term career progression. The prospect of having autonomy to enact instant operational changes without the bureaucratic culture of the NHS was also a huge attraction for me. I was excited by the opportunities to support the future development of the hospital, as well as improving the current processes, to promote productivity.
How has Woodland supported and invested in you and your career?
I am exploring options of further post graduate qualifications in the future, once I am fully orientated into the role.
Why would you recommend Woodland as a place to work to potential employees?
Beautiful environment, fantastic team, the staff and our clinicians are all very friendly. In comparison to the NHS, the physical environment is a complete contrast, and because the work is elective with a mix of private patients and NHS, the personal patient experience is a complete contrast to that of a large NHS Trust. The food is fantastic too, and is subsidised for staff. As a former member of the clinical team, prior to my management career, I feel the staffing levels on the ward in terms of patient ratios are preferable to that of the NHS, which enables staff to spend more time with their patients. The availability of consumables and the access to make changes at ward and theatre level, for me, made it an extremely attractive proposition.
Describe what it’s like to work at Woodland in 3 words: 
Fantastic, varied and challenging (in a positive way)!