Nicola Hepburn on her first 30 days at Attain

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Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am a mental health nurse and have had a varied and very untraditional yet interesting career, as pointed out by Gareth Hartley at my interview!

I have been very fortunate to work across all sectors of the health and social care economy, from a ward nurse to leading a full urgent care redesign programme. In between, I have worked as a registered manager in the care home sector and operational manager in 21 homes. I have supported the re-design of the CHC framework and the independent review process and up till joining Attain I had worked for myself for just over four years.

The professional Nicola aside, I was born and bred in Manchester and still live there with my husband, Charles, and Hendrix my springerpoo. I enjoy life and the joys of our very extended family, so when I am not with them or working I do love a challenge and have been lucky enough to experience a few track days – and become a full on adrenalin petrol head junkie!

How have your first 30 days been at Attain?

I have absolutely loved my first month as part of the company! I have been made to feel so welcome and, despite my initial imposter syndrome, after getting out and about meeting people I feel truly welcome and part of the team.

I joined the internal work programme for the first two weeks and have been working across the Humber TCP since on setting up a dynamic risk register for children and young people with learning disabilities and a diagnosis of autism, which is going really well.

What attracted you to Attain?

There were two aspects. Firstly, I wanted to be part of a team and to share my day/experiences with people who could relate objectively. Secondly, I pride myself on having morale and integrity – so having done my research, as well as having worked with other similar organisations, a friend brought Attain to my attention and suggested I had a conversation as she felt I would fit with Attain, as much as they would fit with me – so here I am!

What’s the best thing about being employed with Attain?

Being part of a team definitely. Sometimes working alone, you can’t always have the same impact with a customer or support sustainability in the same way.

What do you hope the future brings for you with Attain?

On a wider professional level, for us all to be a part of helping to reform the NHS so in another 70 years I can be proud to say I have been a part of sustaining it.

On a personal level I am looking forward to developing new skills and growing as an individual alongside the company.