Ian Mepham, Registered Nurse, wins February’s Bank Worker of the Month Award
The ‘Bank Worker of the Month’ award recognises NHS Professionals’ Bank Members who provide excellent quality of care to patients, achieve high standards across our core values and meet the 6Cs – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment. There is an award for three categories; Care Support Worker or Healthcare Assistant, Specialist Nurse and Registered Nurse. Every month each of the winners receives a Kindle as a thank you for all their hard work. In order to win this award the workers must fulfil the following criteria:
• Achieve ‘5 – Excellent’ on all five of the sections of the ‘Performance Evaluation System’, which is completed by the Ward Manager at the end of each shift.
• Cancelled no shifts for that month.
• Filled the highest number of shifts in the month for which they are being considered for.
We are delighted to announce that one of February’s winners was Ian Mepham, registered nurse at Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust. We spoke to Ian to find out more about him and his working life.
How do you feel about winning this award?
Shocked! I don’t usually win things so it’s a nice surprise. It feels like a good reward for consistently applying yourself.
What’s your role at the Trust and what do you do on a day to day basis?
My role is a staff nurse almost now exclusively in Groombridge ward, Maidstone. I do the odd day here and there but I’m primarily on night shifts. It’s something that I enjoy doing – it’s almost become a hobby now really!
Groombridge is an acute forensic ward. For the most part I’m updating ward rounds, updating the notes and medication, making sure the clinical room is going to be nice and I conduct 1-2-1’s with patients. I’ve actually taken charge of the whole unit on a couple of occasions in the past.
How many shifts a week do you tend to do?
January has been pretty much continuous! I’ve been working four nights on, one night off, five nights on, one night off but it does vary. I would say on average probably two to three a week at the moment. It is peaks and troughs with staffing levels but it’s a case of knowing the set up and I think they appreciate that I’m able to come in at a moment’s notice which helps. If there is anything extra to do to help, I do it because I’m genuinely keen to.
Why did you choose to work for NHS Professionals?
I used to work for NHS Professionals before I retired, when I was a substantive staff member. I then became a Bank Only worker when I retired in 2013. I like working with them because I know the place well, I’ve been working full time since 2003. It’s a nice job and I feel as though I still have so much to offer.
How long have you been a nurse?
I’ve been a nurse since September 1976. I was fascinated by human emotions, behaviour and how people interact with each other. I always wanted to learn and be stimulated. I wasn’t interested at all in general nursing, that was very mechanical but with psychiatry, I felt it was a job for the future and it’s what I’ve stuck to for most of my career.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I think making a difference to people’s lives. Lots of patients bring music, films, recipes in and I try to go the extra mile by taking an interest in their lives and where they are in their time of life. If I can enrich their lives, that’s what gives me the most pleasure.
I also enjoy working with great team members. I try to harness the ethos of being dispensable and punctual.
What’s the best thing about working for NHS Professionals?
Well the first thing is that it provides me with an income to travel which I’m trying to get back into – I love learning about other cultures!
From a professional point of view, it gives me the chance to utilise the skills I’ve learnt over the years and continue to learn. I think this gives me an avenue to further enhance what I’ve already learnt, for example I’ve helped a lot of other people who want to go into nursing.
From the patient side, I get tremendous satisfaction from seeing people being cared for and seeing them get better.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I enjoy films, music, travel and photography. Music and travel are definitely my favourite, but I also really enjoy cooking. I believe trying difference cultures enriches your life and I enjoy cooking dishes I have learnt from people I have lived with while travelling. I have been to lots of places including Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India, so enjoy cooking dishes from these countries.
Congratulations to Ian and all the other February winners! Thank you to all of our workers for ensuring that patients receive the best care possible, and for being great ambassadors for NHS Professionals.