Bob Browne: Charge Nurse, Critical Care Outreach Team, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals

When did you start in the NHS?

1974.

Why did you choose to work in NHS?

I started my career as a St John’s Ambulance cadet and always knew that I wanted to work in healthcare, so I started the training course to transition and joined the Royal Air Force as a state control nurse before moving to the NHS four years later.

Describe what you do in 100 words

The critical care outreach team role came about when we realised there were patients across different areas of the hospital and on different specialist wards that didn’t have sufficient care at the right time. We quickly realised that these patients didn’t necessarily need to be based on the critical care ward in order to get treated so my team is very mobile, covering a diverse amount of wards. Working this way enables us to assess and treat patients at an earlier stage to help reduce patient sickness, reduce critical care admission altogether and shorten patients overnight stays due to early assessment.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy the variety of my role, but working in critical care isn’t suited to someone who likes to know what they are going to do when they turn up for work. There is always something new and different, although the themes are largely the same but it is an absolute honour to look after different patients.

How would you describe the NHS in one word?

Frantic.

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

Patients are your main focus but always look after yourself.

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