• Question: whats the best part of your job ?

    Asked by Ellie x to Adrian, Ali, Charnelle, Deborah, Kit, Phil, Rob on 4 Nov 2017. This question was also asked by 524genk.
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      Ali Blatcher answered on 4 Nov 2017:

      Hi everyone.
      Being a doctor is a tough job, but there certainly are some benefits. It’s a very sociable job, you have to talk to lots of people around the hospital and always be interested in your patients!
      I’d say the best part of the job is feeling as if you are making a difference to other people’s individual lives and building that rapport with your patients, which can be very rewarding!

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      Philip Williams answered on 4 Nov 2017:

      I just can’t answer the question, because I can’t choose a single answer!!!

      I love getting to know my patients over the years. I love it when I can really help a patient understand what’s wrong with them and what we can do to help them feel better.

      I also love working with so many different people: our receptionists, our office staff, our nursing team, but also the wider teams we work with: community nurses, hospital staff, paramedics, pharmacists, midwives to name a few.

      I also help with a lot of research studies to find out how to do things better for patients. That’s really exciting because you never know what we’ll find out next!

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      Adrian Taylor answered on 6 Nov 2017:

      Solving problems that make things better and work more efficiently, can be anything from how to sort a patient’s individual issue to setting up a new service that benefits lots of people.

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      Deborah Draycott answered on 6 Nov 2017:

      Getting to know my patients on an individual basis and helping them to be able to make changes to their health in a positive way. I have known some of my elderly patients for over 10 years now and seen them through various health issues, also some of the children I saw for baby vaccinations are now growing up and getting to know me.
      Some of my patients share experiences with me which are very personal and I feel very honoured that they trust me – sometimes my patients ask me ‘how are you?’ and really mean it, and a thank you always makes me feel like I’ve had a good day.

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      Robert Cullum answered on 6 Nov 2017:

      For me in my current role the best part of my job is being able to make such a difference to an even bigger group of patients. By helping to train the doctors of the future I am able to make sure that they hold the same high standards that I do for care and hence this will filter out to many more patients.

      In terms of the clinical part of my job, I love getting to make a difference to people, however small that might be. When I work in A and E it’s not always the big life-saving things I do which make the most difference, but the smaller things such as spending 5 minutes comforting an upset and confused older lady by just holding her hand. Those are the things which get me out of bed in the morning.