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Redeployment: Sharon's story

Before COVID-19 hit, Sharon Daniel worked for Wakefield CCG as a Quality Support Manager. However, in March, Sharon was asked to temporarily change roles and become a lead for Primary Care Assessment Hubs as part of the CCG’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She said:

“I was a bit apprehensive at first, but I felt like I was doing my bit for COVID response and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“I’ve worked as a nurse for many years and have never experienced anything like this. One part of my new role is delivering PPE and I’ve gone to all sorts of places, even a car park!”

As part of the role, Sharon had to keep practices COVID-safe, find out what resources were needed and coordinate staff rotas, PPE supplies and cleaning. Sharon was also chosen to become a Primary Care Network super trainer and was tasked with the job of training 10 CCG staff to go out and teach care home staff how to wear PPE correctly. Because of her excellent work in this role, Sharon has been asked to continue training care home staff regionally.

Sharon explained that her new role is more hands-on and has given her the opportunity to work directly with GP practices in Wakefield and get to know them more. It has also given her the opportunity to become a friendly and recognisable face and form friendships with different people that she would never have worked with before.

As things start to return to normal, Sharon’s new role only takes up 10-15 per cent of her role now. However, the experiences she gained while being redeployed will stay with her forever:

“Redeployment has been a privilege. I’ve worked with new people, including senior nurses that I learnt a lot from, and made new friends.

“I’ve seen many people blossom during this time and it has been a very positive experience despite it being a negative time.”

Thank you to Sharon for all your hard work during these unprecedented times.