Julia Lake

Job Title

Deputy Director of Nursing

Is your role clinical or non-clinical?


Tell us about your role

My Role is as part of the senior nursing leadership team for the Trust. I support the recruitment and retention of nursing staff. I support the director of nursing in her role and help with the nursing leadership of our organisation.

When you were at school, did you want to join the NHS?

At first, I wanted to be a Veterinary nurse but after some work experience I realised that there was so many more different career opportunities as a Nurse in the NHS. So I decided to train as a nurse.

How did you join the NHS?

I left College at the age of 18 and went straight into my nurse training. I have worked in a number of different clinical settings, including Respiratory, Cardiology, Teaching, Dementia care, and nursing leadership. I have worked in the Hospital and also in the community

What are some of the challenges?

I enjoy the challenges it bring, it can be busy and no day is the same.

What is the best part of your role?

I love the time that I spend out in clinical practice, talking with patients and supporting staff.

Which Clinical colleagues support you in your role?

So I work closely with Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Pharmacists and Doctors

Which Non Clinical colleagues support you in your role?

Administration, estates, operational staff, communication staff and human resources.

Is there career progression in your role and how would you get there?

In my career I have completed my degree and my Masters. I have also undertaken leadership courses that have helped my own personal development.

What would you say to a young person thinking of joining the NHS?

There are so many opportunities available to you either as a clinical member of staff or a non clinical. It you are thinking about it speak to us we can help you to see what is available to support your interest.

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