“Always remain open-minded and keen to learn”
Rebecca Shorely – General Manager (Sheffield)
I graduated in 2007 with a BSc Honours degree in Psychology, but having originally planned to go into Clinical Psychology, I quickly discovered that this wasn’t the career for me. Whilst determining what direction to go in, I took on a temporary job as an Estates receptionist at my local district general NHS hospital. It was there that I first discovered the world of sterile services; I’ve worked in the field ever since!
At the time the hospital’s sterile services unit was not accredited to a key quality standard, so I was soon appointed Quality Management System Administrator to support the accreditation process. Quickly thereafter I was promoted to Quality and Training Manager where I led the unit in gaining ISO Accreditation with not a single non-conformity!
From there I sought opportunities to advance my management career, and have since worked for two of the country’s largest NHS Foundation Trusts with increasing levels of
responsibility. In my last NHS role, I was fortunate to report to both a Clinical Consultant Anesthetist and a non-clinical Operations Director for the Surgical
Division. This gave me a well-rounded and robust foundation from which to progress the decontamination service that I was responsible for managing, in accordance with both clinical and wider trust needs.
I really am passionate about the role I perform at STERIS. I am very much a values driven person and I have always sought purpose in my career. I am proud to say that I find nothing more rewarding than the knowledge that on behalf of STERIS. I am part of a fantastic team that is helping to save the lives of thousands of patients across the Sheffield community.
Advice that I would give to an aspiring colleague is ultimately, to have faith and confidence in their abilities. I keep a few inspirational sayings/quotes on my office wall, so I thought I’d share a few …
‘Your potential self is infinite. If you let yourself be successful, you shall be successful’.
‘An attitude of gratitude brings opportunities’.
‘Lift people up to their higher potential self’.
We are surrounded by some incredibly conscientious people with immense potential. I wouldn’t be where I am today without forming the relationships that I have with my work colleagues around me. I am inspired daily, from the youngest and newest technicians who are just learning their way, to the likes of one of my supervisor colleagues who is nearly 70; having spent 40 years working in Sterile Services and teaching the rest of us new things daily! Take the time to get to know your colleagues, and through mutual respect, you’ll achieve great things.