Jade Greenhough – Health Care Assistant
People arrive at a career with the NHS in a huge variety of ways. For example, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals (SWBH) NHS Trust recruits around 100 apprentices a year. One of those is healthcare assistant, Jade Greenhough who, after completing her training with the Trust has gone on to become an award winner.
Jade, who lives in Barr Beacon, spends her shifts at Sandwell General Hospital meeting the wide-ranging needs of the patients on trauma and orthopaedic ward, Newton 3. Her aim is to make sure their stay in hospital is a pleasant and comfortable one. She also checks vital signs, particularly blood sugar monitoring of patients with diabetes, assists with patients’ hygiene needs and the general maintenance of the wards.
A career in nursing was always on the cards for Jade, as she explained, “I have done things a little backwards as I started a nursing degree in January last year but decided to drop out due to personal circumstances. I then decided to take the long route and start from scratch which I’m now really glad about.”
There are a combination of factors that motivate Jade including the demanding, busy environment, the great team she works with and the knowledge that every task she is assigned will be completed thoroughly.
Jade showed promise right from the start, with colleagues telling her afterwards that her apprenticeship interview was one of the best they had seen. Since then, she has gone from strength to strength and was nominated for Employee of the Year at the Trust’s own staff awards.
She then achieved the recognition of her peers at the recent Health Education West Midlands NHS Apprenticeship awards, held at Edgbaston Stadium on 23rd October. Jade collected the trophy in the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year (Clinical) category. Commenting on her win, the judging panel said, “Jade has consistently demonstrated her ability to provide compassionate patient care and has grown to be an extremely valued member of her ward team. She is a credit to the apprenticeship scheme.”
But for Jade, it’s the simplest things that are memorable for her. She said, “I enjoy making patients smile and receiving my first thank you card from a patient proved to me that I was doing a good job. I’ll also never forget when my colleagues told me they had bought me a ticket to go to the team Christmas meal. I cried!”
Jade is focused on her career and her immediate plans for the future are to complete her nursing degree. But when asked where she would go to get away from it all, she said, “I would love to have a few weeks away in sunny Cyprus with the scenic views or even better Thailand and do a bit of travelling! I have been to Thailand before and absolutely loved it, it’s a whole different world over there!
Away from work, Jade is a very family orientated person and enjoys spending time with them. She likes to keep busy and goes out with her friends and listens to “rubbish music!” She lives with her mother, stepfather and younger brother.