On Administrative Professionals Day we're celebrating the hard work of our Administration and Clerical colleagues. On this page you'll find the stories of some of our Administration and Clerical colleagues and colleagues who began their careers in an admin role, but who have moved up through the organisation.
Martha Manson – Support Secretary for Communications and Freedom to Speak Up
Martha recently joined MFT as a Support Secretary. Her role involves procuring equipment, diary management, organising venues for meetings and being an extra pair of hands for the team.
She said: “I have learned to effectively manage my time, as often, there are many different elements of the role to remember. Everyone is so friendly, so asking for help from colleagues is one of the quickest ways to get a job done! I would absolutely recommend it to kickstart people’s careers.”
Graham Nicholls – Medical Workforce Manager – Surgery (MRI)
Graham began his career with MFT 20 years ago. After accidently turning up on the wrong day and spending 18 months getting lost and learning acronyms, he eventually grew into his role in administration and has had a fantastic career with at MFT.
He is now our Medical Workforce Manager for Surgery at MRI:
“This role brought out qualities I didn’t know I had through being adaptable, flexible and inquisitive. I can clearly say that working in the MRI will have been the best 20 years of my working life.”
Rachel Mortimer – Directorate Manager – Lung Cancer & Thoracic Surgery Directorate
Rachel began her career as an Administration Clerk at Wythenshawe Hospital before moving up through the organisation.
She said: “My administrative background gave me a really strong basis on which to build my NHS operational management career and I still utilise these skills every day to help to keep me organised and to do my job effectively.
“Working up from an admin role instils within you a real appreciation for just how much we rely on the day-to-day administration resource to run a hospital. I strongly believe that administration staff are pivotal in the future success of our organisation.”
Zahra ElRapti – Operation Manager – Vascular Services
Zahra joined MFT in a temporary typist role where she learned a range of skills that have enabled her to progress through the Trust. She is now Operational Manager for our Vascular services.
“Nothing teaches you more about the workings of a hospital than an admin role. The experience I gained in all the roles leading to my current role has been invaluable and could not have been learnt in a classroom or a book.
“The Admin and Clerical teams are at the heart of our hospitals and these roles can act as a springboard to many other opportunities in the NHS.”
Lindsey Bowman – Divisional Director of Operations
Lindsey began her career as a Health Records Clerk responsible for filing medical notes. Since then, she has progressed through the NHS and is our Division Director of Operations.
“It gave me a good grounding for my career in the NHS and helped me understand the complexities of how large organisations work. I also learned the benefit of team working and the vital role administration and clerical colleagues play in the NHS.
“There is a real opportunity to develop your career if you have the drive and passion to do so and that you make a real difference within the NHS.”
Molly Slater – Hospital HQ Administrator
Molly Slater is a Hospital HQ Administrator who joined MFT on a Business and Admin Apprenticeship. Since she joined, she has learned a lot of new skills including organisation, time management and communication.
“My role is important as it helps with the smooth day to day running of the department. The roles will help to progress, and I will gain more experience and hands on skills that will hopefully open me up to more opportunities in the future.”