It was 20 years ago when Cheryl Camilleri first started as a health support worker at the University Hospital of North Tees.
Now, as ward matron of the orthopaedic unit, she is a highly experienced and respected leader of her team.
And she has not looked back. Since being inspired by that first shift at the age of 18, her passion for nursing and healthcare has only continued to grow.
Cheryl said: “From that very first shift as a health support worker, I knew I wanted a career in healthcare.
“It is the most rewarding job you could ask for.”
Cheryl made the decision to study to be a nurse 15 years ago. She has worked in a number of roles including in urology and orthopaedics.
She added: “I am a very hands-on matron, even now I have more experience and commitments. Not only is that because direct patient care is ultimately my passion but it also means you can appreciate what staff are experiencing and understand any challenges that exist.
I have enjoyed every bit of it so far and couldn’t see myself leaving this organisation. We have a real community of staff who support each other.
“There are friendly faces everywhere. It really is the best place to work.”
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