The Magic Roundabout
The Magic Roundabout is, quite obviously to us Brits, a 70s children's TV show.
It is also the slang term we use at my workplace to describe people working in different offices at different times of the week, month or year.
Rotation is a fact of life within some areas of the NHS. Staff can gain experience, learn a different role, get a secondment to try out a job that they might want to apply for in the future, help out colleagues by filling in when sickness or vacancies deplete the workforce, or simply keep up the variety by working in different associated locations around the hospital. A consultant will have a specialism, but they can also rotate through other areas and cover A&E /ER as well. A radiographer will qualify in Radiographic Imaging, but will, at least in our Trust, often be requested or even required to work, not just in X-ray, but also in CT, Vascular Access, A&E /ER and even Interventional Radiography as required. A Staff Nurse, particularly on bank staff, is unlikely to be working on the same ward all the time. melody23 will be able to speak from more direct experience than me on that one, mind.
So now, my Trust have decided that some of us admins should also be rotating around the departments, moving on, doing more, expanding our horizons.
Hence I find myself two floors up from my normal office on a regular basis, working with the medical secretaries within our department. It's a bit of a change from my usual residence. For a start, it's warm. It's also above ground and has a window to the outside world. I have real live colleagues in the same office all the time, who talk to me and make me laugh, cover for me when I need to make tea, run around delivering a message or simply leave my desk for a while.
Now I hear the next Great Plan is to move me from the cave which I normally inhabit to this office in the sky on a permanent basis. That means an instant gain of four immediate colleagues in this office, plus the Operations Manager's PA and my line manager in the office next door.
The phone rings more often than it does in my office, and I have found myself having to remember the protocols for dealing with patients as well as taking internal calls. It does, however, bring me in contact with more consultants than I used to work with, and takes me one step closer to an upgrade at some point, with all the things which come with it.
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