Senior health professional Chris McBride is relishing his new post as theatre manager at Spire Washington Hospital after finally landing his dream role here.
Chris put his career aspirations on hold last year to adopt two boys aged eight and six with his partner and fully embraced family life.
But with his family now settled, he seized the opportunity to take up one of the hospital’s pivotal roles when it became available this year, beginning work as theatre manager last month.
With 22 years experience in the National Health Service (NHS), latterly as Cumberland Infirmary’s Lead Practitioner for the Hospital at Night, he is well versed in balancing the requirements of patient care and staff efficiency in a busy hospital operating theatre.
He spent five years as part of the bank staff team at Spire Washington Hospital and it took an exceptional opportunity to lure Chris away from the NHS and into private healthcare.
“I had always wanted to come here to work permanently, I had applied for a couple of jobs here in the past but we adopted two little boys last year and I decided that they had to come first,” said Chris, 41, of Stockdalewath, near Carlisle.
“I saw the theatre manager job come up and was thrilled to land it. I’m absolutely having the best time here, it’s everything I thought it would be and the hospital has the same high standards that I do, so it’s perfect.”
Chris, a qualified Operating Department Practitioner, leads 37 staff in his role overseeing a seamless transition from patients entering Spire Washington Hospital’s operating theatre to leaving for home.
He makes sure patient operating lists are running on time, ensures the best use of the theatre and its medical staff and that the correct equipment is available for every operation.
Spire Washington Hospital offers a high calibre of medical treatment and personal care from diagnostic imaging to major surgery with 35 in-patient beds.
A recent survey revealed 96% of patients rated the quality of services as excellent and/or very good.
Chris’s 160-mile round trip to work everyday mirrors the commute of his partner Phil’s daily journey to a private health care firm in Lancaster.
“I think a lot of my job is about people empowerment, giving them a little more autonomy and making them feel that they have more ownership which makes people feel good about coming to work,” he said.
“The people here are fantastic, I feel about ten feet tall at the moment and feel like I’ve found my niche.”