Deb Matthewson is head of education and training at The Academy in Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
How long ago did you join the CSP and what made you decide to join?
I joined in 1998 to open up opportunities to improve my career, be kept up-to-date and later to support others. I also felt that it was an area of the workforce underrepresented but held huge amounts of potential that needed unlocking.
What career aspirations did you have for when you left school? Did you know what you wanted to do?
I originally trained to be a practice manager for GP services but soon realised that I preferred to be on the other side with patients. My path has been completely different to what I expected - I never imagined not being part of direct care but truly found my vocation and love teaching. Being part of the CSP made me re-evaluate my skills and pushed me take opportunities and sometimes chances that have paid off for me.
What have been your most enjoyable experiences in your career?
I know this is a bit cheesy, but all of it. I have enjoyed every part of my own development, enjoyed the company of colleagues and found being on a number of boards at the CSP enriching. My biggest surprise is getting to where I am now, getting to Masters level in Leadership.
What does the 21st anniversary of CSP associate membership mean to you?
That the scepticism of its initial beginnings from some within the profession have been proven unfounded and that it is here to stay and support the workforce of the future that may look very different from that of 21 years ago.
If you could give one message to your peers from what you have learnt in your career, what would it be?
Strive to be the best you can be and not to be afraid to confront the unknown. Always keep the patient/client needs as your goal and you will go far.
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