Whether it’s public or private sector, people expect an efficient, forthright, high-quality service with their quality of life at its very centre. On an individual basis this sounds perfectly manageable, but when we throw in emergencies, lengthy appointments, sudden changes to schedule, reprioritising entire workloads – and the countless other variables we might face in a typical working day, our usually strong personalities can be tested.
So, what are the principle qualities constantly required to succeed as a busy healthcare professional?
For the first time on record, more midwives and nurses in the UK are leaving the profession than joining it. Between 2016 and 2017, around 20 per cent more staff left the register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, than joined it – including a rise in the number of nurses and midwives who left before retirement age.