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Kevin Vockins
Healthcare assistant

After working as a butcher for 20 years, I decided it was time for a change. My father passed away shortly before I made the decision; he had advanced dementia, and caring for him played a big role in getting me into this line of work.

I work in orthopaedics and it isn’t for everyone. The truth, is that it’s hard work. The hours are long, and it’s physically demanding, but we always try and make this a good environment to be in, and it can be very rewarding.

I would say that it’s important for anyone starting out as an HCA to come in with open eyes, as it can be a bit of a shock at first.

Our team is very supportive, and there’s always someone to talk to if you have concerns about anything. It is a challenging job, but I try to give every patient the same care and respect that I gave my father when I was caring for him.