Meet Eli Bush, Healthcare Assistant (HCA) at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.
“I started working in the Education Centre at the RUH three years’ ago in an administrative role. I always wanted to be a nurse or a midwife but didn’t have the right qualifications. I resigned myself to that fact that I was just going to be doing admin jobs for the rest of my life but my colleagues inspired me to go back to college and start training to become an HCA.
Working for the NHS has loads of perks, such as job security and a good pension, but what I love most is the variety. I meet new people every day and I’m not stuck in one place. So, it’s a job that never gets boring.
It’s in my nature to help people, to make them feel welcome and at ease. The hospital is a big place, so I always stop to help visitors who are looking lost or worried.
COVID has been tough for me because my twin sister lives in Canada and I haven’t been able to see her for such a long time. We are really close and thankfully she is moving back to England in January so I’m really excited for that – I’m counting down the days now!
It has also been challenging at work, because so many of my team have been working from home so I’ve been missing them. Starting my training during the pandemic meant I jumped into the deep end, having to wear all the PPE and doing my learning online. But I’m proud of myself for rolling my sleeves up and doing my best.
COVID-19 makes you realise that life is precious and how lucky I am that my family and friends are healthy and well. I guess it’s the worry of catching something, not just COVID, and passing it on to someone I love dearly. Life is short. This whole year has just gone and we really need to make the most of it.
Most people might not know I used to do baton twirling and I’m trying to get back into it because I miss it so much. I went around the world representing England; I was once ranked 5th in the world! I started at three years’ old and gave up at 16.
This year more than ever is one I am really keen to spend Christmas with my family, making sure my parents aren’t sad because my sister is so far away.
I absolutely love my job, but it’s so lovely to know how the public appreciate what we do. We can’t say thank them enough for their support.”Donate during the COVID-19 crisis