Back to work

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!

8 thoughts on “Back to work

  1. Even more books?!?! Wow.

    Hurrah and good news that the team members are supportive and your thoughts on it being enjoyable. I definitely know I could not do it, so much admiration and respect for the great work you do.

  2. It’s always good to read more. I just wish that there were more hours in the day to do it. I miss the 90 minute commute I had in London.

    Glad to see that you’re enjoying the new job.

  3. I’m really glad you’ve enjoyed your first week. I work in homelessness (albeit for the local authority) and I’m aware that Leicester has the same kind of setup as you seem to be working in, but I don’t know a great deal about how things work there. So it’ll definitely be good to hear some of your stories! 🙂

  4. The real bonus of commuting for me has been the chance to read more! I do definitely prefer living at a distance from my clientele who would also hassle me in town.

    Job sounds great.

  5. Where I work we are co-located with (amongst other people) the addictions team, so our reception area sounds similar (though I’ve not seen blood yet!). The polis are regular visitors!

    Glad you have a good team though. I’ve found that’s made a huge difference.

  6. I’m glad people like you are stepping into needs like this. I’m so proud of you and what you do. You make a difference in people’s lives in a significant way.

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