For some it’s a dream come true – for others, perhaps a worst nightmare! Adult children may love their mum to bits, but she still can get on their nerves. Despite the saying ‘never work with family’, several members of staff at the Royal Berkshire hospital believe you can!
Collectively the following mums and daughters have worked for the Trust for over 132 years.
Leo Bailey, a Renal Matron is about to retire after 37 years at the Trust. Daughter Grace, who joined five years ago, is a Physiotherapist. Working together enables Leo and Grace to understand each other’s role, the pressures and challenges they face. Leo commented: “It has been a joy to see Grace grow into her job, taking on extra responsibilities to progress her role and career.” Grace said: “It’s great working with Mum, getting lifts to work is definitely one of the added benefits!”
The Health Records Department is home to mum Pauline Corbin and her daughter Andrea. Together they help to manage and keep patient notes safe and secure. Pauline, a retired nurse, worked for 27 years in the Berkshire Cancer Centre before re-joining the Trust in 2013, having decided retirement didn’t suit her, she loved working too much! In her spare time, Pauline enjoys reading and baking. Pauline shared: “In Andrea’s early days, she was a regular visitor to the Berkshire Cancer Centre to borrow money from the ‘bank of Mum’, but has made up for it by burning the shoe leather to help collect patient records for me, across the Trust!”
Eleven years on and still coping with working with mum, Andrea echoed her mum’s words when she spoke about the benefits of working together and the help and support she provided, including the endless supply of money in her early days. “I’ve also realised how much mum loves to feed people, her ever faithful army of quality testers in the office are always happy to help!” she said.
Karen, an Advanced Trauma Nurse practitioner trained and has worked for the RBFT for 18 years. Karen’s daughter Abi, has progressed from a healthcare assistant to a qualified registered nurse over the past six years, and has now embarked on a post graduate qualification in the Trauma and Orthopaedics team. Mum, Karen now has the joy of seeing her daughter not only on the wards, but also in the classroom at Oxford Brookes University!
In 1986 Helen Slade started her nursing career at RBFT as a student nurse and was recently celebrated and awarded her 30 years of Long service. During her career, Helen progressed from staff nurse to her current role as Ward Sister. Natalie joined the Trust as a member of the Activities Care Crew two years ago, taking care of the elderly with a particular focus on dementia and challenging behaviour, providing patients with a range of activities including arts and crafts, reminiscence and musical memory, which can help keep them mentally and physically stimulated. Like mother like daughter’, both Helen and Natalie scale the rocks, to let go of the daily stresses and challenges of their working lives.
Natalie said: “Mum makes a brilliant alarm clock in the morning! Mum is an incredibly caring person. Mum is always there when I’ve had problems or worries. I’m able to bounce off scenarios with her, so I get a better understanding of where I can improve when a particular challenge rises again.”