A day in the life
Interested in joining us at CWP? Here's a snapshot of what some of us do day to day.
Meet Steph - Community Nurse - Neston and Willaston Community Care Team
Hello my name is Steph and I am a Community Nurse within the Neston and Willaston Community Care Team.
I started in my current role in adult nursing in September last year after completing my degree in Student Nursing at the University of Chester.
During my time at university I learnt about a range of specialities, including mental health, and completed a number of my placements at CWP.
I loved my time on placement with the Trust and so I was thrilled when I was offered a job as a Community Nurse last summer.
I suddenly have a lot more responsibility now that I’m a newly-qualified member of staff, but fortunately the team have been really welcoming and supportive and I’ve found the support of my Preceptorship really helpful.
We meet up as a team every day to discuss team matters and conduct safety briefings. However, I spend most of my day out of the office visiting patients in their homes.
Home visits can cover anything, including wound care, catheter fittings, trauma injuries or administering insulin or other injections. I also spend a lot of time delivering end of life care, which is an important part of my role.
I really enjoy the unpredictability of working in the community. You never know what you’re going to face next and I like having the independence to tackle a range of different challenges.
I love working for CWP as everyone here seems like they genuinely want to help their colleagues and service users. There’s always someone on the phone to help and certain members of the team have served as fantastic role models to myself and other new staff.
I know people are often scared of the unknown, but I would honestly recommend a career in nursing to anyone who enjoys helping others.
At first I was scared to work alone in the community, but I’m finding that I’m bringing a fresh perspective and new knowledge to the role and I’m proud of the care that I deliver to so many local people.
Meet Rachael - Communications and Engagement Apprentice
My name is Rachael Edwards, and I am an apprentice at CWP.
What is an apprentice, I hear you ask! Not long ago, I would have asked the same question. For years, I was convinced the only way for me to get a good career was to go to university – and this was continuously enforced by the adults in my educational life. But as I got to college, I realised more and more that this wasn’t the path I wanted to follow. I dropped out, and for a few years, I drifted, unsure of what direction my professional life was going. I knew I wanted to work in PR after a brief stint of work experience. The only problem was I didn’t know how to get there. All of the jobs advertised required a degree, and I was losing hope of ever following my dream career - until I saw an advert for a Communications Apprentice being offered by the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA).
After researching what, exactly, an apprenticeship involved, I leapt at the chance to apply. 12 months on and I’ve never looked back.
As a Communications Apprentice for CWP, I have gained the experience I’ll need to follow a career in PR. I work in a great team on a variety of exciting campaigns, and no day is the same. Whether I’m writing press releases for local newspapers, updating our social media channels, or creating videos for the Trust, I’m constantly learning something new. The assignments given to me from the PRCA overlap with the work I’m doing in my role, giving me the perfect combination of theory and practical experience. It truly is an invaluable mix you don’t get from higher education.
This was the best decision I’ve ever made in my professional life. And I encourage anyone considering a career in PR to make the same one.
For more stories from CWP apprentices, watch the below video.