Meet Baz Harding-Clark, Orthopaedic Practitioner and Senior Health Care Assistant in the Emergency Department (ED) at the RUH.
“My work is really varied because I have a joint role. As well as being an Orthopaedic Practitioner, I work in ED as a Senior Healthcare Assistant.
“On a usual day I came in at 7.30am. I then become the flow co-ordinator, a role that makes sure that the waiting room is safe and everyone is being seen in the right order. I will be asked to do complex casting, or, if there are patients that need manipulating into a plaster, I will be called in to assist the doctor. We mostly use splints and boots, so we don’t do much plastering any more.
“On the flip side I could be taking someone’s bloods, performing observations or be doing an ECG. I really love working in ED – nothing puts me off. The adrenaline kicks in every time.
“I didn’t grow up wanting to go into nursing, but I’ve been doing it for 17 years! I used to be a community youth worker, working with vulnerable young people. But it was really tough, so I left and came to the RUH as a healthcare assistant. If I could show you a photo of me back then you would laugh!
“As soon as I started here, I loved it and knew it was the right place for me. The ED Matron at the time Mandy Rumble was always pestering me to further my career and work in ED. She funded me to do a university course to become an Orthopaedic Practitioner. I left school at 15 with no qualifications, so for me to go to university to get a diploma is amazing. She saw my potential and once I was working in ED she wasn’t going to let me go. So it’s Mandy’s fault that I’m still here.”Donate during the COVID-19 crisis