We are the future of the NHS

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

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. Nick Lipley finds out more.

Abstract

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 degree in fire safety and management, so I expect I would have found employment in something similar. I knew at the time that the course would not have been for me, and firmly believe I would have always migrated to working in the NHS one way or another, as I feel I was destined to care for others.

How and where have you developed your leadership skills?

Growing up with a passion for sport (I used to run a seven-a-side football team) I have always felt I possessed attributes to become an organiser and leader. In the healthcare setting, from the first day I began work, I aimed to perform at a higher level than expected for each grade I worked in. I am currently studying for a postgraduate certificate in clinical leadership development.

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This article was first published in print under the original title 'We are the future' in Nursing Management: volume 22, issue 8

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