Newly qualified Band 5 Head and Neck surgical ward nurse - Clare Mcavoy 

"I'm really excited to be part of UCLH because of the opportunities, resources and support that you get here. This is really important in a role like mine where the surgery and treatment that patients receive are often intensive and life changing. Many of the patients I see have tracheostomies, laryngectomies and facial reconstructions, which can change their appearance dramatically so a key part of my role is getting to know patients and understanding their views on their care. Patients often feel overwhelmed with information so I help them process and understand it and then represent any concerns or worries they may have.

"I love the area I work in, but I also really appreciate the huge variety of specialties on offer here."

"Being a newly qualified nurse can be really daunting - I find myself fretting about everything. However the support here is great. My Clinical Practice Facilitator always checks in with me and asks if there are any areas of training or support that I need.

"UCLH is such a large Trust that you get to see so much; for example I spent time in UCLH's Macmillan Cancer Centre as well as in theatre. This was invaluable as it allowed me to become familiar with the patient journey from pre treatment through to post treatment and aftercare. It is vital to understand this journey if you want to make a real difference to the outcomes of your patients.
 
"I love the area I work in, but I also really appreciate the huge variety of specialties on offer here as it means that if, in future, I decide that Head and Neck isn't for me, then I can move elsewhere in the Trust. People talk about spending fifteen or twenty years here which doesn't surprise me because of the opportunities and support you get here."

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