The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff. Robert Mooken shares his thoughts about the NHS. In his spare time Robert can be seen on his narrow boat ‘living the dream’ on our UK waterways.
What is your name? Robert Mooken
What is your role? Head of Assurance and Governance Intelligence
Why did you choose to work in the NHS?
I believe in the ethos of the NHS, that people receiving a good quality of care, free at the point of delivery. I believe that when Aneurin Bevan opened the first hospital in Manchester back in 1948 and made it law that all UK residents were given the right to access health services offered by healthcare professionals without having to pay directly, was the best thing for the country to keep its population healthy. Although I’m not a clinician, I’m pleased that I can use my professional skills to be part of the NHS.
Describe what you do in your role.
My role is to support keeping patients safe when receiving care and treatment. As part of the Trust’s Quality Strategy, I have a range of duties and checks which I am responsible for. This provide assurances to the Trust Board, via its sub committees on the quality of the services we provide and the safety of our patient with the focus on improvement.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Seeing change for improvement and keeping both staff and patients safe whilst providing/receiving care and treatment.
What three words would you use to describe the NHS?
If you could give the NHS any 70th birthday present what would it be?
A large pot of money!
What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about working at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust?
If you want to be part of an organisation that cares for the health and wellbeing of patients and staff, then join us. It’s not always easy but the rewards of seeing recovery balances this out.
Follow our countdown to the NHS’s 70th birthday as we post a blog a day.