5 minutes with…Sam McCarthy-Phull, clinical education nurse
What do you like best about your job? I love my clinical education role because I get to meet staff in a variety of clinical areas to support their development. It’s very rewarding seeing staff develop new skills which enhance the patient journey. I also love my social media role as it’s given me the opportunity to help support staff and students.
What was the first record you ever bought? Kylie
Who or what inspires you? My children inspire me every day.
Name one thing you couldn’t live without? Apart from my family obviously, it would have to be my phone.
How would your friends and colleagues describe you? Friends would say big hearted and crazy. Colleagues might say I was a handful, creative and very very occasionally a diva (only once or twice!)
Which three people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party and why? Can they be fictional? I’d love to join the mad hatters tea party in Alice in Wonderland! Otherwise Stephen Fry – who wouldn’t? With his iconic humour he must be top of everyone’s list, Aneurin Bevan because it would be interesting to talk to him about the NHS today. Marie Curie, as she would be fascinating to listen to and down to earth as not corrupted by fame.
Who had the greatest influence on your career? A charge nurse called Rob Harman, who was my mentor as a second year student nurse. His passion was infectious, I was always in awe of his knowledge about everything.
What’s your favourite sport? To watch definitely rugby. I enjoy tennis although play badly.
If you could have any superpower what would it be? To multiply and be in many places at once.
What was the last thing that made you smile? The answer to the previous question!
What talent do you wish you had? To play the piano.
Who’s your favourite band? Bond
What is your greatest achievement? Definitely my children.
Where is your favourite place in the world? Home especially on a Friday night as it’s the start of a weekend with my family. Usually a movie night and chocolate.
What’s your favourite book? Freakonomics
If you could change one thing about where you work what would it be? To be able to get in and make changes without the red tape.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you take with you? My phone, a solar charger and as a chocoholic the third item should be chocolate, but it would have to be manomasa manchego and olive crisps – they are sublime!
How would you like to be remembered? Someone who always encouraged others, who never gave up and kept smiling