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Our team

Meet some of our NOTSSCaN staff, and find out what they say about working for us.

Michelle Brattan

Band 2 Nursing Assistant - Neurosurgery ward
I have been a Nursing Assistant in Neurosciences for five years and I really love my job. I love doing the personal care for patients, especially the washes, their hair, moisturising, shaving, fingernails and basically making them feel good. I love working with the physiotherapist and occupational therapist to help rehabilitate patients, and my long-term goal is to be a therapy assistant. The ward supported me to do a Phlebotomy course and the Care Certificate for Nursing Assistants, and I am currently doing extra competencies for ECGs and bladder scans.
Michelle Brattan

Javier Bayon

Band 3 Nursing Assistant - Trainee Assistant Practitioner
Becoming an Assistant Practitioner after being a Band 2 in Acute General Medicine and Band 3 in Plastic Surgery is very rewarding. The course has definitely made me more competent. In particular I have learnt how to use critical thinking techniques when dealing with complex situations. I have also had the opportunity to meet lots of colleagues from different hospitals. I would highly recommend this course as there is great support from the department and although we all have other commitments, the deadlines are very reachable for anybody with a bit of personal organisation. I am on my second year now and will definitely further my career after graduating as there are endless opportunities.
Javier Byron

Finn Gration Symons

Band 2 Clinical Nursing Assistant Apprentice - Bone Infection Unit at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
From this apprenticeship I am hoping that I will be able to fully complete my course for my first year, allowing me to go into my second year becoming more academically developed and broadening my skill-set. From this a number of doorways will open for me - university and full time employment. Staff support has been faultless. Each member of staff goes through each procedure with me so I fully understand it and am able to recap what has happened; furthermore they are very open and made sure that I knew if I needed help that everyone will be willing to help.
Finn Gration Symons

Rebecca Turner

Band 8b Ophthalmology Nurse Consultant - Ophthalmology
I have had a very privileged career within OUH with so many varied opportunities which have allowed me to grow and develop professionally. I facilitate the development, delivery and audit of nurse-led clinical practice in the Eye Hospital. The role enables me to engage in interesting projects, such as developing a PG Cert in Ophthalmic care, presenting at local and national conferences, leading the UK Society of Ophthalmic Practitioners (UKISOP) and contributing to NICE guidelines committee.
Rebecca Turner

Louise Garrett

Band 7 Trauma Sister - Oak Ward, Horton General Hospital
I've worked within Trauma in the Trust for 27 years, and I look after patients who have been to the Emergency Department after an accident. We are within the top five nationally for quality of care provided for patients with fragility fractures.
Louise Garrett

Megan Ward

Band 5 Staff Nurse - Specialist Surgery Inpatient (SSIP) Ward
As a new nurse, I enjoy working on a surgical ward. The wide range of experience from plastics to ENT keeps you on your toes and it never feels repetitive. I feel incredibly lucky in how much I have been supported on SSIP. People are incredibly kind and welcoming and I look forward to work because of the people I work with.
Megan Ward

Jilly Heath

Band 6 Clinical Educator - Trauma
I have worked within NOTSSCaN for the past 29 years and I am currently Clinical Educator for Trauma services. I have been supported by my colleagues and Matron to challenge myself over this time and I have gained so much knowledge and skills. The team-working and spirit of the workforce has always been the main reason for my longevity within the service. We genuinely care for people, whether they are patients or our colleagues.
Jilly Heath

Kate Culligan

Band 6 Practice Development Nurse (PDN) - Ward 6A Vascular Unit
The NOTSSCaN Division is an excellent place to work as it covers a whole host of exciting specialties. I have found the staff to be both helpful and supportive. My PDN role involves supporting new starters, including newly qualified nurses on their journey to becoming a senior staff nurse. I organise regular teaching sessions for the staff on the ward and work clinically to support and teach in the clinical area.
Kate Culligan

Leonora Mcintyre

Band 4 Assistant Practitioner - Oxford Eye Hospital
I completed my degree over one year ago, studying full-time at Oxford Brookes University and working full-time in Oxford Eye Hospital. Studying enabled me to see patients and the environment holistically and use evidence-based practice. Being the first assistant practitioner in the Ophthalmic department has given me flexibility to work in many sub-specialties (for example I work in the Eye Emergency department, triaging patients to determine if they need to see a doctor). I also work in the pre-operative assessment clinic taking eye measurements, ECGs and interfacing with eye theatres. In the Ocular Plastic Clinic I remove sutures post-operatively. It is never boring! I love my job and the confidence gained has enabled others to have confidence in me.
Leonora Mcintyre

Lucy Parsons

Band 8b Matron - Neurosciences
I started as a matron in 2016, having worked most recently in the corporate governance team. During my time as a matron here, I have endeavoured to promote excellence in clinical patient care which not only ensures my patients are safe but that my staff have room to grow. We support all our new starters with a specialist in-house neuroscience orientation and we have a clear pathway for Band 5 development following our recently accredited in-house Master's level Neuroscience course.
Lucy Parsons