"I've worked with extraordinary nurses my entire career but never have I seen such dedication to the job as I have during the pandemic."
The boss of UK healthcare group, Schoen Clinic, has paid tribute to their 'exceptional' team of nurses and healthcare assistants to mark International Nurses Day.
Schoen Clinic are using the occasion to celebrate nurses and healthcare assistants across the group – which comprises three mental health facilities and a specialist spinal and orthopaedic hospital; all have had an exceptionally challenging year in the face of Covid-19.
“The past 15 months have been extraordinary for most of us, and our personal and professional lives have been affected in nearly every way possible“, says Andy Davey, UK Managing Director.
“The difference is, for clinical staff on the front-line, there has simply been no option but to adapt and keep going throughout the pandemic.
“Across our hospitals and clinics, we have a lot of patients depending on us and absolutely must have access to treatment. Our nurses and healthcare assistants are integral to providing that care and there’s no option to work from home, or to treat patients from a distance. They have been in our hospitals, day after day, completely committed to their patients and colleagues.
“The level of dedication before the pandemic was inspiring and now, quite frankly, I am in awe of how much they have adapted in order to keep treating our patients.”
During the height of the pandemic, Schoen Clinic London proudly seconded several nursing colleagues to NHS Trusts across London, including The Nightingale Hospital, The Royal Marsden and St Mary’s Hospital (part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust) where they gave their expertise where needed most.
A key part of their support for the NHS over the last year has been working in partnership with University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to deliver orthopaedic treatment, and as part of this, have helped to reduce Length of Stay for patients undergoing Total Knee Arthroplasties.
Olivia is a Nurse at Schoen Clinic's Orthopaedic & Spinal Hospital London on Wigmore Street and explains her motivation for working at the dedicated centre:
“Having a great team and working in a single speciality hospital really does make a difference to my job as a nurse. I really enjoy what I do”, says Olivia.
“The care I am able to give is of a high standard as the hospital is so specialised, and I can really see how this differs from the other places I have worked. My main motivation to become a nurse was my mum who was also in the profession. She used to bring me to her hospital as a child. I grew to love the idea of being a nurse, and was so inspired by what they did.
“I'm so lucky to have a career where I'm able to meet so many different people from all walks of life, and where every day is different from the last. But overall, I'm grateful to do a job which allows me to help patients and make a difference to people's lives.”
Schoen Clinic UK are committed to retaining and developing clinical colleagues, and believe this is key to keeping hold of its excellent nursing staff. Senior Staff Nurse, Jennie, tells us about her role at Schoen Clinic Newbridge in Birmingham which treats young people with eating disorders;
“I trained as a Mental Health Nurse later in life as I had personal experience of some amazing nurses, and I wanted to be able to give to others the support, care and dedication my family had so gratefully received from this profession.
“I work alongside a team of professionals who are as passionate about supporting young people with eating disorders as I am; everyone gives 110%. Being able to support both the young people in our care and empower their families to continue the journey after their stay at Schoen Clinic Newbridge is a privilege. We leave each day knowing we have made a difference.
“On top of this, I feel proud to be part of a profession which has been at the forefront of the challenges of the last year.”
Gail, Mental Health Nurse at Schoen Clinic Chelsea and a Nurse of 45 years says "I support the day programme for adolescent eating disorders at Schoen Clinic Chelsea which is a new and exciting challenge. I work with an amazing team of dedicated clinicians and I'm proud to be a nurse."
Antonio, Theatre Healthcare Assistant at Schoen Clinic London reveals his motivation for joining the profession: “For me, it’s about helping people and making a difference. I work with an amazing team.”
Guilio also works at Schoen Clinic London, and says he believes nursing is one of the main fundamentals of our society. “Good health means prosperity and I'm more than willing to input to that”, says Giulio.
“What I love about being a nurse is seeing how grateful my patients are for making them feel better and recover faster. The good feedback that comes from someone who has been struggling with their poor health and now are better really is invaluable.
“I like working at Schoen Clinic UK particularly because of the high level of organisation and central London location. A lot of thought went into the design of the hospital, and I really appreciate that the flow of the Ward is efficient, which makes my day much more enjoyable!”
In April, Schoen Clinic UK won LaingBuisson's Private Hospital Group of the Year award, placing them in top spot of all UK providers. The Group's latest prestigious accolade follows suit with taking the 2019 Hospital Of The Year award for Schoen Clinic's specialised Orthopaedic and Spinal Hospital in London.
The award was given during the virtual ceremony, and celebrates 'excellence in the provision of acute or mental health services with a focus on innovation and differentiation as a result of an individual hospital initiative or investment'.
We are always looking for caring and experienced nurses to join our amazing team, our latest nursing career opportunities can be found here https://www.schoen-clinic.co.uk/careers/jobs