Broaden your horizons, associates told

Support workers should take up a range of roles to develop their knowledge, influence and skills, delegates heard.

Angela Aboagye, lead physio assistant at Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT, told how she had broadened her horizons by becoming a CSP steward. She had undergone training and gained in confidence in the role, leading her to speak at the TUC Black Workers’ conference in April. ‘It’s brilliant. It opens up your world,’ she said. Jerry Spencer, a member of the associates board from George Eliot hospital, Nuneaton, highlighted the part support workers could play in the CSP’s English regional networks. He said the networks, including his own, West Midlands, had representatives from all parts of the profession. Carianne Reynolds, a technical instructor at Prince Charles hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, urged support workers to become ‘champions’ for the CSP’s Move for Health campaign. This could be running classes or the more low key  handing out information leaflets to patients. ‘It may be a small task but it gives a fountain of knowledge,’ she said. Carianne Reynolds, who is on the CSP’s associates and Welsh boards, said it was important associate members recognise ‘we do have a part to play’.

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