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‘Children just want to know people are listening to them’

Simon Hardcastle is about to take over as head of nursing children’s services hospital in Kettering, Northamptonshire.
Simon_Hardcastle

Simon Hardcastle is about to take over as head of nursing children’s services hospital in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

What is your current job?

I work as a senior quality improvement manager for NHS England East Midlands Clinical Network on the children and young people’s mental health and emotional well-being programme. My new job starts in October.

Why did you become a children’s nurse?

I had worked with children and young people as a volunteer youth worker with the YMCA on a youth performing arts programme called Ten Sing. As they experienced mental health issues and had a number of medical conditions, I realised I wanted to work in a profession where I can improve health and well-being outcomes for children and young people.

What might you have done otherwise?

I would have pursued a career in youth or

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