Can you tell us a little about yourself, background and current role?
I joined BMI Healthcare in April 2016 as materials manager at BMI Bath Clinic.
I have 20 years’ experience in retail, which after graduating with a music degree I worked my way up through to roles ranging from shop management, through to regional sales management and business analysis. I also have secondment experience in food safety, health & safety, training and HR.
I have had a varied career, but not one you may typically associate with a role in healthcare, but the transferable skills I have helped me vastly in my role of materials manager at BMI Bath Clinic.
I enjoy working with a team of people that share and are working toward the same objective.
Describe a typical day/week at BMI Bath Clinic for you?
No day is ever the same in the Materials Department. It is fast paced and fully involved. We procure everything that the hospital uses, from plasters to prosthetic and catering items through to engineering parts. It is a hands-on role and I work very closely with my team to ensure that we deliver the needs of our patients and staff in the hospital. Our day varies from topping up the departments, to picking the surgical items used by our surgeons in theatre.
What aspects of your role do you enjoy the most?
At BMI Bath Clinic, I enjoy working with a team of people that share and are working toward the same objective. Every staff member plays their part in order for the hospital to run smoothly, from the nursing staff to the support team. Due to the busy nature of the role, the day flies by and you are constantly faced with new challenges to work on and solve.
How does your role benefit the patients at BMI Bath Clinic?
At BMI Bath Clinic, we all serve the patients who have chosen us to provide their healthcare, each department in different ways.
The Materials Department's responsibility is to provide everything our hospital departments need, so that they can provide excellent service and care to our patients. Without the smallest of consumable items, the nurses cannot provide the care on the wards to our patients; our job in materials is to make sure that the supply is uninterrupted and fluid.
Likewise, we have to plan ahead and have knowledge of the theatre procedures to ensure that when our patients go in for their surgery that all the items required by the surgeon are ready and on hand for the procedure.
What has been your biggest achievement at BMI Bath Clinic?
We have recently successfully implemented the company supplies project, completely changing the way that the theatre stock is managed within the hospital. As a result, all theatre stock is now provided in procedure bags to the surgical team for each patient. This means that the theatre team have more time to focus on clinical aspects of the job instead of picking items for surgical lists. We have a very good working relationship with our theatre team and to achieve this has been a very large scale, cross functional project that wouldn’t have happened without effective communication between the two teams both before the go live date and ongoing.
What activities do you enjoy outside of work?
Outside of work, I am a semi-professional musician and I play the trombone in various freelance scenarios. I have played in most of the theatres across the South-West and South Wales as well as in London. I have played with orchestras, bands and recorded for several different bands for a well-known children’s audio book company on soundtracks for the books. Aside from this, working for BMI Healthcare has meant that I can spend more time with my family and have a better work life balance than my previous role afforded me.
Thanks for your time, Matt.
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