It starts with you, Clinical & Medical, Nursing

An employer that invests in your growth

Meet Seth Bannister, Senior Perioperative Practitioner / Endoscopy Clinical Lead at our Ipswich Hospital. Seth joined us 15 years ago and shares his journey working with us so far.

Tell us about the team you work in?

I work as part of close team of practitioners, within the beating heart of the hospital that is the operating theatre department. I liaise with every department in the hospital in my daily role but you will find me scrubbed at the table for the majority of my working day. I practice surgically across multiple specialities and really enjoy my surgical first assistant role. I also manage the Endoscopy service for the hospital.

Why did you choose to work at Nuffield Health?

My experience of private health care is that the passion comes from its providers. There is drive and ambition to do a good job and at the end of the day, our job involves people so doing the best we can, is always priority one. Having a young family meant work/life had to be balanced and I get that working for Nuffield Health.

What’s your favourite thing about working at Nuffield Health?

My team. I work with some of the most talented surgeons in the country alongside some of the most remarkable, smart and conscientious professionals I have ever practiced with. 

What are your career highlights?

Achieving the highest accreditation for the hospital’s endoscopy service 18 months back. I can look back now and smile but it was hard work. But with the support of some key individuals, we achieved a glowing report and a personal commendation.

But greater than that, the achievement I am always proudest of has been playing a part in supporting, leading and growing the skills and talents of young colleagues. Facilitating people in developing themselves and acknowledging abilities they don’t realise they have is incredible and to see team members achieve and make moves in their professional lives is very fulfilling.

Tell us about your career progression at Nuffield Health?

In the time I’ve worked for Nuffield Health I’ve gone from being a very green scrub practitioner to a clinical leader with distinctive surgical skills. In an environment that is highly technical and as demanding as it is rewarding, it’s a great thing to be able to say that your employer has invested in your growth. To think, I now advise corporate leaders on clinical matters and sit on boards where real decisions are made that have an impact on patient experience and clinical excellence… It’s quite a way from that terrible suit and full head of hair I had when I came for interview.   

How do you use your employee benefits? 

Sadly, Ipswich doesn’t have a Nuffield Gym but I know when my body starts to fail me, I will have my private healthcare to fall back on.

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