From Life Coach to Donor Care, Paul Cumbers, Donor Care Supervisor, tells us about his new direction.
I have worked for NHSBT for nearly 7 years at the West End Donor Centre (London). I was a Donor Carer before I became a Donor Care Supervisor. I started to work here after seeing an advert in the London Standard. I was working as a freelance life coach and although I enjoyed it, I was turning 40, so I was looking for a new direction in life.
My mum is a long-standing blood donor and always finds donating blood a positive experience, so I had heard good things about NHSBT from her.
In my role I help run the sessions as a Supervisor and assist with screening and venepuncture. My team sees around 200 donors per day so we are one of the busiest teams. I love my job and enjoy the good we do. It is an extremely important role and we have met so many interesting people.
I work with a fantastic team and even when we are short staffed we help each other out as there is a great camaraderie. It is a great team to be part of.
Though it is hard work, I find the role rewarding and I get a lot of job satisfaction. I would recommend NHSBT to anyone. It is ideal if you enjoy helping people. NHSBT is part of the NHS which is a magnificent institution and I am proud to be part of it.
Since I have started working here my wife and some friends have become donors and they were not in the past. They all love donating now.