Why I’m Excited to be Working in the NHS of Britain
My time here in the US is winding down. I'm actually in Florida now visiting my mother before heading off to the UK on the 13th
of September. I've been getting lots and lots of concerned looks and questions about why on earth I would want to work in the NHS, especially with all the debate about health care reform here on our shores.
One of the things I haven't mentioned yet in these posts is that I've taken the GREs about two months ago and did rather well. I'm planning on going back to school for my Masters in Public Health. I envision my role in health care going forward to actually be less of a clinical nature and more based in policy and planning. I firmly believe that policy should not be driven by a group of medical doctors and/or registered nurses but rather from a variety of health professionals, rehab included. I mentioned in a previous post that I'm a cantankerous geezer so I should be right at home in politics and policy.
What an advantage it will be to have working experience in two dramatically different health delivery systems! This can only assist in my future studies and give me a well-rounded base from which to evaluate systems and work towards improving our own model of health care.
I have an interview set up for the day after I arrive in England for a trust near my new home. It will be for a position in intermediate care. That is a program directed towards older adults who are transitioning from hospital to either sub-acute and/or home. The goal is to optimize outcomes and minimize risk of re-hospitalization. It sounds very much like the "transition coaches" that have been in the press here in the states over the past year, except it will actually involve some hands on care. I'm curious to find out more at the interview.
My visa has arrived! All systems are "go" for an on-time departure on the 13th. Wish me luck!