Richard Spearey

Job Title

Anaesthetic Nurse

Is your role clinical or non-clinical?


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

Yes my parents were both nurses so I lived with the nursing for very young.

Tell us about your job

A typical day is starting at 7.30, after that it’s quite different everyday; I can be called to cardiac arrests on the wards or major emergencies in the emergency dept. Some days I am on the obstetrics bleep and deliver babies under c sections or be looking after children who need surgery for emergencies. Every day is so different and that’s what I like about my job.

How did you come to work in the NHS?

I left school with not good gcse grades so I decided to become a lifeguard I spent 10 years doing that and became a manager of a shift of lifeguards. I then changed me career and stared as a HCA in theatres in the private sector, after 3 years I completed my FdSc as an assistant practitioner in theatres. After 3 more years I joined the NHS as an AP and had the opportunity to complete me nursing degree through an apprenticeship which I completed last year. I am now an anaesthetic nurse working with the surgical team to look after the patients during surgery.

What are some challenges?

Long hours and the pressure of looking after very sick patients.

Which Clinical colleagues support you?

Health care workers, Doctors, Surgeons, Anaesthetists, Operating departments practitioners, pharmacists and other nurses.

Which Non-clinical colleagues support you?

Admin team, managers, cleaners.

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

Yes my next step is to complete me advance nurse practitioner qualification.

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

The NHS is an amazing place to work you get to see real life and make a difference everyday, you can do so many different roles and challenge yourself to be the best person you can be. You can do anything if you believe in yourself.

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