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Leigh's story


Leigh followed in the footsteps of a long line of healthcare professionals in his family, starting his career as a cadet nurse at just 16 years old! After 44 years in the service, he retired before joining NHS Professionals so that he could still utilise his extensive skillset while enjoying his retirement.


Leigh has dedicated his career to helping people dealing with mental health, including CAMHS in Kent and military veterans suffering from PTSD

Name: Leigh                                                                                                          

Trust: Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

Staff Group: Nursing and Midwifery

Years working for NHS: 20+

Years working for NHS Professionals: less than 1 year



Why do you love working for the NHS?

The principle of the NHS  is it’s driving force. Everyone, no matter what their means, is entitled to healthcare free at the point of delivery.


How does flexible working make a difference to your life?

After a 44 year full time career, it is now nice to work as much or as little as I want. This enables me to still feel my skills are valuable whilst allowing me to enjoy some retirement leisure time.


What has been your proudest moment working for the NHS?

There have been many, but the development of CAMHS in Kent and gaining national recognition for that work stands out. As does my work in services for military veterans with PTSD.


Tell us about your past

I started as a 16 year old Cadet Nurse following in a long line of healthcare professionals in my family. Never really considered anything else other than the military - I have been a Army Reserve Nursing Officer alongside my NHS career for over 20 years.


Tell us about your life outside of the hospital

I am an Army Reservist Nursing Officer and Commandant of Devon Army Cadet Force so don’t have much spare time. If I do get time I enjoy rock climbing and hill walking with my two dogs.


You can take 3 items with you when you are stranded on a desert island, what do you take?

Item #1 A bottle of chilli sauce - to disguise the nasty food

Item #2 A trumpet - so I can learn to play again

Item #3 A wind up flash light