As the NHS celebrates 70 years of delivering patient care, it’s not just the patients who are showing their gratitude.
The Del Rosario family, originally from Cebu in the Philippines, came to the UK 17 years ago when Carlos was directly hired by Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust during a recruitment drive. He has worked in the NHS ever since, with his wife and son following in his footsteps.
“When I trained as a nurse in the Philippines it was always with the intention of working abroad,” he said. “After gaining experience at home I applied for a job in the UK, but didn’t know where I would be going. I was appointed as a staff nurse in the Emergency Department in Pontefract Hospital.
“I missed my family so much so after six months, my wife Mymy, and our two young children Karl and Kyle joined me in Yorkshire. It was all very different to the Philippines, from the weather to the culture. However, support was warmly offered by new friends and colleagues. The Trust’s mentorship programme also made our adaptation period at work easier.”
Mymy was also a registered nurse in the Philippines. She started her career as a Health Care Assistant on a Gastro Ward in Pontefract Hospital before she gained her NMC registration in the UK. After which, she worked as a registered nurse in the operating theatres.
“After six years as a theatre nurse I applied for a research post and was delighted to get the job,” she said. “Being a clinical research nurse in diabetes gives me a great sense of job satisfaction. The role is very fulfilling knowing that we add value to patient experience while aiming to improve care and treatment. I work with a dynamic team that delivers research in various specialities within the Trust.”
Carlos has also climbed the career ladder and is now an Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP). He has taken an advanced-practice nurse role and works within emergency medicine to manage patients with minor injuries. He works across all three sites – Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury. “I love being an ENP. We are with the patient throughout their time in A&E and there is great satisfaction in providing the whole package of care, from assessment to discharge.”
Karl, their eldest son, graduated from university in Biomedical Sciences last year, and joined the Trust in December as a point of care testing assistant. “Growing up, I have seen my parent’s enthusiasm in their jobs. I have also witnessed the dedication and hard work they have put in to get where they are now. And to see them both happy and fulfilled in what they do, motivated me to join the NHS. Like them, I hope to grow my career in the NHS too. I hope to get a biomedical scientist post someday, and I would love to be able to stay at the Trust.”
From the very start of their time in the UK, the family have been made to feel welcome. “We made a lot of effort to integrate, which I think is important for anyone moving to a new community, never mind a new country,” said Mymy. “The boys both played rugby at a local club which helped us make new acquaintances. Through the years, we feel lucky to have known good work colleagues who we can also call friends. We also have good ties with other Filipino nurses and their families who shared the same journey as we had.
“The NHS has been supportive to us, not only do Carlos and I have fulfilling careers, our son is embarking on his NHS career too. I would encourage anyone thinking of coming to work for the NHS to do it. We are very happy and haven’t looked back.”