Staff Stories – Covid 19
My name is Tak and I am a specialist diabetes and obesity dietitian. I am lucky to be able to work in a role where I can make a major difference in people’s lives and promote evidence based nutritional advice. There has been, and likely will always be, a degree of false nutrition information online. It is a challenge keeping up with what is the latest trend and debunking myths and identifying what is popularly known as “nutribabble”. Nutrition is always a hot topic (and so it should be!) as it is a cornerstone to survival, leading a healthy life and plays a huge role in our social lives as well as our mental wellbeing. Knowing how to eat for optimal health is something everybody is entitled to, so we should certainly be working on promoting the value of good nutrition in all aspects of health.
Coming from a Chinese background, I am used to hearing false and unfounded statements around nutrition. Often such statements are extraordinary, for example one may hear that a certain fruit is known to cure a particular condition. Such beliefs are often entrenched and can be dangerous. In certain cases, the person who hears these stories may feel that they can stop taking their medication.
Sound nutrition and the identification of false information has never been more vital during the Covid-19 pandemic, which we know to impact nutritional status in those affected by it! As a dietetic department, we have been proactive and innovative in the way we have approached the care we have been providing patients at CUH, and I am beyond proud to have played a role in this and to know that we have helped those who have been affected by COVID-19.
Every day we are learning and adapting to improve the services we provide to overcome these current challenges.
I am also very proud to work for a clinic that values the importance of dietitians and the role of nutrition in the management of diabetes and obesity. I love to ensure that our patients receive safe, up to date and tailored advice. Providing education is vital as part of the role of being a dietitian and I am extremely proud to be a DAFNE educator (a self-management education programme for those living with type 1 diabetes).
More information about working as a dietitian at CUH can be found on our where could I work pages.
Where do you work and what is your job role?
I have been working as a Recruitment Advisor for Main Recruitment since January 2020.
What does your role involve?
My day to day role consists of providing advice to appointing managers regarding recruitment procedures & processes, driving applicants to complete their pre-employment checks in order to issue start dates, issuing contracts, looking into internal transfer request, publishing adverts, helping with ID checks, liaising with applicants and appointing managers regarding all recruitment queries.
How has the current situation with Covid-19 affected your day to day role?
Due to social distancing measures we needed to find an alternative way to hold conduct interviews, as these could no longer be conducted face to face. My colleague Esther and I were tasked with scheduling and re-arranging all interviews to be held via Skype. This meant that I had limited time to work on my advisor role as I needed to spend a large portion of my week planning, booking and re-arranging interviews to be conducted remotely. Once this project was up and running, I was asked to work with the nurse recruitment team, and am now responsible for processing applications for all bands 3 – 5 nurse applicants.
What changes have you had to make – What has worked well for you and your team?
The recruitment team is split into two sections, general recruitment and nursing recruitment. General recruitment handles any vacancies related to all Administrative, Healthcare Science, Estates & Facilities and Allied Health Professionals. The nursing team handle any vacancies related to Nursing & Midwifery and Health Care Support Workers. Usually this would mean that each team handles their own workload however, due to Covid-19 we have all helped each other out with different aspects of recruitment regardless of whether it falls under general or nursing recruitment.
As a team we have had to change the way we complete our candidate pre-employment checks. In order to meet with social distancing guidelines, the whole office now works on a rota basis to include two days working from home.
What positives will you take away from your experiences?
I have taken on a challenge with helping the nursing team which has helped broaden my knowledge on the difference between nursing & general recruitment processes. I also believe that as a team we have become closer.
Why should someone join CUH?
CUH fully encourages internal development and helps support and educate their staff to become better at what they do. Since joining I went from being a recruitment administrator to a recruitment advisor and have had the opportunity to take part in different projects within my own department. I believe that if you are someone that enjoys personal development and taking on daily challenges you will enjoy working at CUH.