Well, I have just finished my first week at work. I have started working at a homelessness service which provides primary healthcare to those with no fixed abode, or who are in vulnerable accommodation. The team has access to GP’s, dentists, mental health nurses, support workers and the drug team, in which I will be working.
The team members are all really lovely although they have been under loads of pressure and people seem really quite maxed out. The plus side is that they seem very supportive. The clients are an interesting bunch. Like most vulnerable people with multiple needs they are extremely challenging, and when you have a few of these in the waiting room it can be quite confrontational. On one day this week we had the police called to a fight outside, the ambulance called to a bloke who collapsed and blood all over the reception area (no idea how that got there!)
There is so much to learn but I think I am going to really enjoy it. The only downside is that I won’t be able to go shopping in town without being hassled by clients, and I have to commute an hour each way. Watch out for the amount I am reading to increase significantly!