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In Conversation With...Janet Copp, a haematology nurse who's worked in the NHS for over 40 years

Janet has been a nurse for over 40 years since developing a love of first aid when she was a little girl. She’s been at our Trust for more than 30 years.

Her favourite thing about being a nurse? Besides her patients and her colleagues, she loves that no two days are ever the same. We’re just grateful she stuck it out after being set up with a bed pan on one of her first shifts! Read on to find out more…

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In Conversation With...Olivia Sanders, our lead interventional radiographer

Olivia Sanders is our lead interventional radiographer, whose impulsive nature has led her down some interesting paths – from deciding on a whim to be a radiographer (after she had an x-ray aged 16 when she broke her elbow falling over in her new shoes!), and deciding to become a local councillor.

As well as her role at our Trust, and responsibilities to her constituents, she also helps run her family’s wedding business. Oh, and she looked after a cat for a colleague for what was meant to be six weeks, but Mr Kitty still lives with her!

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In Conversation With...Gill Kingsnorth, clinical research assistant

Gill Kingsnorth, clinical research assistant, retires this month after 42 years at our Trust.

She started out as a cardiographer, before moving into research when she had her eldest child. The best thing about working in clinical research? ‘To see it make a difference to our patients – they become a different person’.

Lucky Gill plans to spend her retirement travelling the globe!

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In Conversation With...Karen Peters, one of our Red2Green Transformation leads

Here is the next instalment of our series: In Conversation With…introducing Karen Peters, one of our Red2Green Transformation leads.

Karen followed in her mother’s footsteps in becoming a nurse but it wasn’t in her original plan – she’d intended to be a maths teacher! Despite that Karen has had a hugely eventful career in nursing, including spending 14 years solely working night shifts. She’s been our bed manager, our bed and site manager and now, as part of our Red2Green team, she’s helping to ensure we make each day in hospital count for our patients.

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In Conversation With...Christella Matoko, who helps support our trainee nursing associates

Christella Matoko is a project support officer, who spends her days supporting our trainee nursing associates and helping them with their learning.

The lover of dance and acting got into project management completely by accident after suffering an injury when preparing for a show meant she had to have a rethink, and plan a show for someone else. She loved it so much she got a qualification in project management and hasn’t looked back since.

English is her third language as Christella was born in the Republic of the Congo, then lived in Belgium for a year, moving to the UK when she was three. She’s very proud of her African heritage and extremely close to her family – she has an older brother and three younger sisters.

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In Conversation With...our award winning Director of Nursing, Caroline Moore!

We spoke to award winning nurse Caroline Moore for In Conversation With… this week. Caroline, who is our Director of Nursing for Specialist Medicine, recently won the Lifetime Achievement in our PRIDE Awards after 27 years at our Trust.

Proud Caroline was nominated for the award by her own team, which shows how much they value her.

She also once got to meet the Dalai Lama in Mumbai, which she said was spectacular!

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In Conversation With...Alix Holmes, our Macmillan Cancer Information Manager

For our next instalment of our In Conversation with…series, we spoke to Alix Holmes, our Macmillan Cancer Information Manager who recently was presented with a long service award after 30 years at our Trust.

Before taking on her current role six years ago, Alix was a nurse in our Oncology department, and was one of the first nurses to be trained to give chemotherapy to patients, early in her career.

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In Conversation With...our palliative care consultant Lucy Pain, who spent some of her early weeks in a university desk drawer!

Here is the next instalment of our series: In Conversation With… introducing Lucy Pain, palliative care consultant and our clinical lead for end of life care.

Lucy is passionate about her role at our Trust, and providing good end of life care to every patient.

She also had an intellectual start to life – her mum returned to work as a university lecturer just six weeks after having her and when she didn’t like the nursery, kept Lucy in a drawer in her office until she found a suitable childminder!

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In Conversation With...Mary Kinsella, our local counter fraud specialist

Mary Kinsella is our local counter fraud specialist - here to detect and prevent fraud across our hospitals. She worked in lots of government departments before joining our Trust, including in the counter terrorism team.

She also loves to get involved in her local community, she volunteers for Macmillan and the Guide Dogs, and loves bell-ringing at her local church!

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