Tell us about yourself – your name, your role, and a brief description of what you do.
My name is Rob Shuker and I am temporarily deployed to NHS IMAS as Programme Manager. The role requires me to project manage NHS IMAS assignments as required, to be the first port of call for support, to source relevant people from the pool, liaise with HR departments, then to monitor, evaluate and eventually close the assignment.
How has your role changed since the beginning of the COVID-19 incident?
Prior to Covid-19, I was a Programme Manager within the Leadership and Lifelong Learning team. Since being deployed to NHS IMAS, I have spent time supporting the Incident Control Centre at Skipton House and now more recently, its business as usual activities.
Tell us about what you’re doing to support the NHS in dealing with COVID-19 for the benefit of our patients, families and colleagues?
Through NHS IMAS, I have been able to offer NHS organisations short and medium term management expertise to support their Covid-19 and business as usual activities giving them the flexibility in such uncertain times.
Is there anything you’d like your colleagues to do as a result of reading this that would help with what you’re working on?
Spread the word! I believe NHS organisations need to take a more flexible approach to the way it recruits and develop its workforce.
Has there been one example or situation since the COVID-19 outbreak which has made you feel an additional sense of pride in working for the NHS?
I would have to say the Thursday night ‘clap for carers’. The community I live in really embraced it and it made me feel especially proud to make just a small contribution to the amazing work taking place on the frontline.
What’s your one top tip when remote or home working?
My top tip is to take a walk and the end of the day. It gives me time to reflect on the day, to take my work hat off and to return home wearing my family hat!
How has your work pattern and ways of working altered since you’ve been working from home, and how do you now work alongside and catch up with colleagues?
I work similar hours although no longer have a 1 ½ commute each day. Working through Teams has been great although I do miss the face-to-face interaction. The team have been great organizing quizzes, social and making the effort on birthdays etc.
Do you have a personal NHS story you’d like to share?
One of my sons was in intensive care for the first 12 weeks of his life. Seeing the way he was looked after had a profound effect on me and probably resulted in me moving from local government to the NHS.
Do you have a COVID Companion? If so, please could you share a photo and a little bit about them?
No, only my dog who has joined me on each of my daily walks!
Which key workers would you like to say thank you to?
All of them, it seems unfair to single out one group. Team effort!
What would your colleagues be surprised to discover about you?
I once made an appearance in the FA Cup!
What book are you reading at the moment?
The Tipping Point - its about that moment when an idea, trend or behavior crosses a threshold and starts to spread.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Don’t place a pause on your happiness. Which basically means, enjoy the moment and don’t think it will be better when I… if I.. etc. etc.