60 seconds with chief nurse and deputy chief executive Jonathan Warren
Be brave about your career choices – you don’t always have to follow a traditional route, says trust chief nurse and deputy chief executive Jonathan Warren.
Be brave about your career choices – you don’t always have to follow a traditional route, says trust chief nurse and deputy chief executive Jonathan Warren
After qualifying as a mental health nurse in 1986, Jonathan Warren worked in a range of specialities including adult and forensic mental health care. In 2005 he became head of healthcare at London’s Pentonville Prison and in 2008 was appointed head of nursing at East London NHS Foundation Trust, where he was instrumental in setting up the Institute of Mental Health Nursing in collaboration with City University London. He was appointed trust deputy chief executive in August 2016.
What are your main work responsibilities?
Along with the other board members, I am responsible for creating an environment in which our staff can thrive so they can deliver the best care to our patients.
Who are your clients/patients?
We are a community-based trust looking after patients with both physical and mental health problems.
What do you love about your job?
Watching staff develop and grow.
What do you find most difficult?
Trying to balance the competing agendas of quality, performance and resources.
What is your top priority at work?
Ensuring patients are cared for safely.
How have you developed your skills in this role?
A mix of formal education and watching and learning from some fantastic role models, mentors and supervisors.
What has been your most formative career experience?
Working alongside experts by experience. They really helped me to understand what a good service looks like.
If you hadn’t become a nurse, what would you have done instead?
Worked in a record shop.
What will be your next career move?
I am about to start at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in a similar role. I would eventually like to be a chief executive of a trust.
What is the best lesson nursing has taught you?
Kindness and humility should be celebrated.
What career advice would you give your younger self?
Be brave about career choices – you don’t always have to follow a traditional route.