Axl RedwineCommunity Mental Health Nurse with the City Anchorage team, Norwich
How long have you worked for NSFT?
I took up my role in September 2019 after completing my degree at the UEA. Before that, I spent six years working in learning disabilities and forensics for a private provider, which sparked my interest in mental health and spurred me on to pursue a career in nursing.
What made you want to work for the Trust?
I really enjoyed completing placements with NSFT while I was studying for my degree. The time I spent at City Anchorage was particularly positive, so I jumped at the chance to join that team when the opportunity came up.
What does a typical day look like for you?
There’s no such thing – no two days are the same! The job is really varied, which is one of the things I enjoy about it.
We start the shift with a team meeting where we discuss any service users who may need extra support. We then go out for our appointments, and will see between two and five patients a day. We spend anything from 25 minutes to two hours with each service user, depending on the situation, and will assess their mental state, talk about how they are managing and look at their risk factors before reviewing their medication to check it is effective. We can also signpost them to other agencies who can offer extra help and support if appropriate.
We use a holistic approach and look at the whole person so that we can make sure that all of their needs are being met to help with their recovery.
What parts of your job do you enjoy the most?
Working as part of such a great team. My colleagues at City Anchorage are brilliant and really supportive, which is why I wanted to come here after finishing my degree. I am learning a lot from them and they are encouraging me to push myself out of my comfort zone and challenge myself.
What’s the most challenging part of your role?
Finding my feet as a newly-qualified nurse. My role is also fairly autonomous which can be daunting at times, although I get great support from my team and from the preceptor I’ve been assigned by the Trust while I build up confidence and experience.
What is living in East Anglia like?
I’ve lived here all my life so must enjoy it! I like the simple way of life.
What advice have you got for people who might be thinking of joining the Trust?
Keep an open mind when you’re offered opportunities and make the most of the expertise of your colleagues by learning from them.