Alison Fitzsimons: Associate Chief Nurse, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

When did you start in the NHS?

I started my student nurse training in 1986.

Why did you choose to work in the NHS?

I wanted a rewarding career, working with people and working for people.

Describe what you do in 100 words

I have the joy and privilege of helping to lead nurses, clinical and technical staff to care, diagnose and treat thousands of local patients every day in a one of the largest NHS district general hospitals. I aim to ensure that all staff feel inspired, enthused and equipped to deliver top class healthcare, and helping them to become the NHS leaders of tomorrow.

How would you describe the NHS in one word?

Life-changing.

If you could give the NHS any 70th birthday present what would it be?

Praise every day.

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about working in the NHS?

Yes, yes and yes!

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