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Healthcare Support Worker Day - Elaine Whiting

Elaine WHiting

Health Care Support Workers (HCSWs) are hugely important to ensuring our patients at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton receive exceptional care.

Elaine Whiting is a Registered Nursing Associate and is currently training as a Student Nurse working in Long Eaton.

Elaine started work as a Healthcare Assistant back in 2012 and has worked for the NHS for nearly ten years. Her firs HCA role was at Kings Lodge based at the Florence Nightingale Community Hospital and then moved on to work within the Discharge Lounge.

As part of the Trust’s commitment to Developing our People, Elaine completed both her NVQ Level 2 and NVQ Level 3 with UHDB, with support from our Learning and Education Team.

In 2019, Elaine joined the first ever cohort in the UK to be train to become Nursing Associates and since completing this us now with University of Derby doing her Nursing Degree and has successfully secured a NQN Registered Nurse position for 2022.

Elaine said: “The best bit about working my way up from Healthcare Support Worker to now training to become a Registered Nurse is that I have experienced nursing at all stages and can appreciate all the parts everyone has to play – its definitely a ore hands on way of learning.

“Everyone who works in a hospital is a jigsaw and without that one piece, we’d be incomplete.”