Last week, I interviewed a discharge liason support worker and asked her the following six questions:
- Do you think the NHS should be privatised?
"No. Everyone should be able to access care, regardless of money."
- When and why did you join the National Health Service?
"I joined eight years ago, when I was eighteen, because I wanted to help people and train as a nurse."
- Do you enjoy your occupation?
"Yes. I enjoy my work."
- Has anyone attempted to assault you or your colleagues?
"Unfortunately, I have had patients try to assault me on several occasions. Mostly patients who are confused and do not know what they are doing."
- How long are you planning to work at the NHS?
"I am unsure how long I plan to work here, but I don't plan on leaving at the moment."
- Tell me about your career.
"Currently in my role, I help patients who are well enough to leave the hospital. I arrange for them to go into a cottage hospital to improve their walking. Otherwise, I arrange carers to help them at home or for them to go into a nursing one. Previously to this, I have had several roles on different wards within the hospital."