10 February 2019 at 8:52 pm #20888
Ive been at uni and working p/t but have been really eager to get into the nhs to help with my degree and the fact I’ve always wanted to. I went for a role with them last year and got accepted however couldn’t take the job because nights and the 12 hr shifts are going to be so hard for me. I have v little help from family and no support at all from little ones dad. He’s not in the pic at all. I’ve been called to apply for a role they think I’d fit well and help me with my degree, but what if I end up in the same position as last time? Have any of you guys on here managed to do work with the nhs either flexibly or with the night shifts etc and little support?10 February 2019 at 9:03 pm #20889
Sorry I can’t answer your question, I’m hoping someone can though as I have a similar dilemma myself! 😁11 February 2019 at 7:58 am #20900
My wife moved from a zero hour private sector care in the community contract to working in the NHS about 6 months after she left my son and I for the job security, she does three 12 hour shifts a week and has four days off.
People have told me in the past that the NHS is very flexible and a family friendly employer but that hasn’t been our experience so far – she tends to let me know her schedule for the coming week on a Friday evening and it changes pretty much every week so we can’t set up any regular contact schedule for my son to visit her. The long shifts also wear her out so the day after work she is often ‘too tired’ to see our son (this included Christmas Day after working Christmas Eve) so she has now reduced his visits to after school for about two and a half hours one day a week. She also hasn’t managed to book any leave during the school holidays yet due to being new and all those weeks already having been fully booked by other staff.
It would depend on what pay grade the job you are interested in is of course, but from our experience she is also now earning significantly less than what was already a very low salary with the weekly CMS payments halving when she moved to the new job and from the little information I get she isn’t finding it to be the utopia she thought it would be.
I’d take this negative experience under consideration but I do suspect a lot of it might be convenient excuses and choices she is actively making, I also know a GP who very much enjoys the job and has managed to have a large family balancing work and home life with her husband (a lawyer) providing them enough money to have a live in nanny so I have also seen it working (though admittedly at the upper end of the pay scale).11 February 2019 at 10:11 am #20903
it really depends on what field you work in (physio, midwife, nurse, doctor etc) and the area (primary, secondary or private). I’ve worked in various areas for 14years as a single mum of 3 kids. I left secondary care (hospital) both as a nurse and midwife because I felt under pressure to work long shifts, nights and weekends, none of which suited single motherhood. I switched to primary care (community), occasionally I cover extended access 6-8pm which means a later start that morning, all planned weeks in advance. That’s just the way it is, not a special arrangement just for me. My standard hours are 30 per week, set clinics and I work around that. I’ve done a couple of years self employed on Fridays as and when it’s suited to bring in some extra cash. You need to find a post that works for you12 February 2019 at 9:44 am #20959
Hi. I am a midwife and I do 13hour day shifts or 12 hour night shifts. I have managed this for the past 3 years alongside my masters degree, no family around to help. I have a childminder from 07:00 so I can manage a 7:30 start. I have managed, not easily as you can imagine but it is totally do-able. If it’s a job you love, yoully make it work, even though you won’t think this at the time. I remember thinking when I started and my son was 4 and my daughter was 9 months old and I was still waking up every 2 hours through the night, and was breastfeeding and expressing throughout the clock until she was 2, I never thought I’d do it. But I did and you can absolutely do it! Feel free to PM me if you need more advice.