Jessica Blakeman is Clinical Systems Development Lead in the Clinical Systems Team at Gloucestershire Health and Care.
When did you start your training? It makes me feel very old when I say 1991!
Who has inspired you most in your career? Many people but a few stand out. A mentor I had when I was a student. She was so compassionate and patient focused, I have never forgotten her. There was one particular client who I looked after for several years, they taught me to have the utmost patience. The clinical systems team I currently work in inspires me every single day. The dedication, commitment and hard work they display day in day out in developing, training and supporting clinical systems is humbling.
What do you enjoy most about your job? In my current role I get to work with all specialties and services across the whole of the organisation. I absolutely love this as I am constantly learning.
What has been your favourite role so far? This is really hard to answer! I can honestly say I have completely loved every role I have had. As an in-patient learning disability nurse I got so much reward from supporting clients to progress and move into community settings. Sometimes the tiniest step forward would take months to achieve and yet the sense of achievement for the client and the team around them was fantastic.
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