Sulaiman Ajayi, wins May’s Bank Worker of the Month Award!
We are delighted to announce that one of May’s winners was Sulaiman Ajayi, a registered nurse at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. We spoke to Sulaiman to find out more about him and his working life.
How do you feel about winning the award?
Great! I’ve worked in nursing a long time, so it’s really satisfying to be recognised for my hard work and commitment.
What is your role and what do you do at the hospital?
I have worked for NHS Professionals since 2008. I left South London and Maudsley as a permanent member of staff in 2014, and have since worked flexibly with NHSP at the trust, as a duty senior nurse. I predominantly deal with medical and psychiatric emergencies across the trust. As one of the nurses in charge, I am responsible for ensuring safety across the board, especially when dealing with psychiatric emergencies. It also means I need to be flexible and move wards and locations when required. I mainly work night shifts at Ladywell Unit at Lewisham Hospital and I also cover Lambeth Hospital.
What made you choose a career in nursing?
Before I decided to become a nurse, I worked in a hospital as a healthcare assistant. I used to see patients arrive so unwell and by the time they left hospital, they were on the road to recovery. Seeing this made me want to be a part of their journey, so I decided to train as a nurse and I qualified in 2005.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love helping people and making a difference to people’s lives so the best part of the job for me has got to be what I just touched upon; patient rehabilitation. Knowing I am doing everything I can to help people recover and get their lives back on track, is a great feeling.
What’s the best thing about working for NHS Professionals?
For me, the best thing is that I can secure bookings for a whole month, sometimes two, in advance. This is great as it means I can make plans with my family around work, enabling me to have a better work-life balance.
Also, working for NHSP gives me financial security, knowing I have shifts coming up and therefore money coming in. With agencies, I didn’t experience this and I constantly felt like I was going around in circles, with no clear pathway or direction.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
In my spare time, I am involved in voluntary charity work. One of the projects I am currently part of is working to get children off the streets and into education by setting up a local Sunday School. I am passionate about helping others and find this extremely rewarding.
What are your plans for the future?
My plan is to retire in the next few years, but in the meantime, I would like to do some more training and continue to develop myself and my skills further.
Congratulations to Sulaiman and all the other May 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.
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:
- Achieved ‘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.