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Caring for a patient who has entrusted their life to you is the most rewarding career, says Daniel Bakey

Daniel Bakey is a theatre matron at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. He has worked across the north west of England and in Australia, and was promoted to cross bay matron in June. Mr Bakey is responsible for 19 operating theatres in Lancaster, Kendal and Barrow

Why did you choose to work in the NHS?

As a teenager, I was unclear about my ambitions, and took a job as a theatre orderly after I deferred my degree. I found the environment fascinating, and the prospect of training to work in theatres felt extremely exciting. To care for a patient, who in many cases entrusts his or her life to a team, appeared to be the most rewarding career.

What might you have done otherwise?

I originally thought of doing a bachelor of science


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