Ward sister - Estrelita Balentogo 

Philippine-born ward sister Estrelita Balentogo was just 12 years old when she came to the UK. She joined UCLH as a qualified nurse in 2002, where it was top of her wish list.

Estrelita Balentogo

"Many of our senior nurses were here as students, and one of our nurses recently retired after 36 years.”

“It just had such a strong reputation and it still has,” she said, “especially for newly-qualified nurses. There are so many different specialties here. There are good opportunities to take courses and develop your skills and career, and we are all very well supported.”

Estrelita, who is in charge of around 45 nurses, described her gastrointestinal team as ‘amazing'.

Two indicators of a good place to work are the numbers of students who return after they complete their training and the proportion of staff that would recommend UCLH as a place to work. Estrelita said UCLH is doing well on both counts. “Many of our senior nurses were here as students, and one of our nurses recently retired after 36 years. They can’t all be wrong,” she added.

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