The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds NHS staff star in national NHS TV advertisement

4 March 2020

Health professionals from Leeds are starring in a new Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) national campaign to recruit more people to specialist roles.

The “We are the NHS” campaign is helping to recruit more physiotherapists, therapeutic and diagnostic radiographers, occupational therapists, paramedics and podiatrists with a new £5,000 training grant on offer for those appointed.

Leeds staff appear in the TV advert and social media campaign which showcases their work to encourage more people to sign up to train in the selected health roles.

The DHSC chose the Leeds staff because of their enthusiasm to demonstrate some of the excellent healthcare they regularly deliver to their patients.

The campaign includes people like therapeutic radiographer Curtis Parker-Milnes, who is based at the Leeds Cancer Centre at St James’s Hospital, and paramedic Matondo Manzeninga who works for Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Others include Andrew Goldman and Sarah Seager - physiotherapists for Leeds Community Healthcare, Ismail Patel, a podiatrist at St James’s and Chapel Allerton Hospitals – and Hayley Davis-Moore, who works as an Occupational Therapist for the Leeds and York Partnership Trust.

Therapeutic radiographer Curtis Parker-Milnes, 26, of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, was treated for cancer at the age of 14 and says he is aware how impactful and devastating a cancer diagnosis can be.

“The broad range of professionals who were involved in my care were exceptional. I feel privileged to be in a position where I can make a real, long-lasting change to peoples’ lives. The care we give at the Leeds Cancer Centre is second-to-none and this is backed up by the feedback we receive from patients on a weekly basis.

“We are now seeing more people than ever living with and beyond cancer and as our techniques and treatments continue to improve these people are experiencing less long-term side effects. I’m hopeful that this recruitment campaign can bring more people into this caring and technical profession that has a real, tangible benefit to those with cancer.”

Physiotherapist Andrew Goldman from Leeds Community Healthcare, said: “As physiotherapists we work towards maximising a person’s independence, providing rehabilitation and care support to improve their quality of life. I hope this recruitment campaign will spotlight this element of specialist care.”

Occupational therapist, Hayley Davis-Moore, with the Leeds and York Partnership Trust, said: “I’m proud to be part of a campaign that shines a light on the important roles allied health professionals play in the NHS. As a mental health occupational therapist, I help people to lead lives that are as fulfilling as possible, by supporting them to carry out day to day activities. I hope this campaign encourages others to consider occupational therapy as a career.”

Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedic Matondo Manzeninga, who also features in the advertisement, said: “I love my job as a paramedic and particularly the variety it brings on every shift.  It’s a real privilege to provide frontline treatment and care to patients, many of whom are having the worst day of their lives.

“It’s such a rewarding career and I get to work closely with like-minded, caring colleagues and help patients when they need it most. I’d really encourage others to find out more about a career in the ambulance service.”