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Heroes of the RUH – Anderson Barbosa

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Meet Anderson Barbosa, Security Officer at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

I started working at the hospital completely by chance, I wanted a change in career and what was initially a temporary role in portering, led to me working within the security team. I think seeing how the hospital works, and the impact that we can cause in everything we do made me want to continue working at the RUH.  
As a security officer you deal with quite a lot of different situations, from someone being stuck in the car park with their battery flat, to supporting a mental health patient and offering up advice. It allows the team to make a difference in several ways. I think the team work quietly in the background and we’re here to protect and support both staff and patients.  
Outside of work I like to stay active, going to the gym and practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which is something I like to do a lot of. The lockdown situation had a huge impact on this and I’m looking forward to getting back to training. 
I’m proud that I’ve been able to come to England and make a life for myself, working with staff from all different backgrounds and dealing with a multitude of scenarios!  
I think my team mates may not realise I understand around 5 different languages – which I’ve picked up while working with them and different teams here at the hospital!  
I’m quite a positive person and the pandemic has made me realise it can be easy to spiral into negative thoughts, and think there’s no end to this situation, but we have worked together and learnt we need to stay positive, there’s a vaccine on the way and the opportunity to travel, which I hope to do again next year.  
I have Christmas day off this year, and I’m looking forward to spending it with my girlfriend and family! 
I’d like to thank local people for their support, it’s great to see people taking the initiative to support the NHS, we’re all really grateful!    

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