Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer at NHS Thurrock CCG, shares her NHS story.
When did you start working in the NHS?
Why did you choose to work in the NHS?
I had a passion for sport, but this wasn’t a career path I could realistically follow so I decided to go and train as a Physiotherapist!
Describe what you do in 100 words?
My main job is to lead Thurrock CCG and to provide a human shield for staff against the worst of the demands and pressures we as an organisation face. I am the public face of Thurrock CCG.
A big part of my role is working with the Board, Executives, staff and providers to ensure that the people of Thurrock receive safe and high quality healthcare services. I try to make our organisation the best it possibly can be!
I often describe us as Team Thurrock and I am proud to lead such a committed and hard-working team.
Describe what you think of the NHS in one word.
Just one? Challenged...but still a great institution.
If you could give the NHS any 70th birthday present what would it be?
Reduce bureaucracy...we are doing this in Thurrock by ensuring services are joined up and working together, less duplication and people only have to tell their story once.
What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about working in the NHS?
If you are ambitious, it doesn’t matter what door you enter to come into the NHS, you can open up lots career opportunities. There are many different avenues you can take, both clinical, policy, statistician, you name it. But I will say, you will need personal resilience and drive.