Meet Helen Lucas, Registered General Nurse

“When I was 18 my mum worked as a domestic assistant and I ended up applying for a job in her hospital, which I got! This was the beginning of my career in healthcare. I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to go for it, but I’m so glad I did.

“I worked there for 10 years before moving on to a larger, general hospital where I worked as an auxiliary nurse in oncology for nine years.

“I qualified to be a nurse in 2004, when I was nearly 40. I completed my access to nursing course, followed by my degree. 

“I then worked for the NHS for 10 years as a staff nurse on the medical ward. I ended up becoming a sister, something I’m really proud of.

“I decided to move to Sancta and become an RGM (Registered General Nurse) 8.5 years ago, which was a fantastic decision to make. I love it here, we’re like a family.

“I’ve been in healthcare for 42 years in total and it’s been a real family affair! My mum, brother and husband have all worked in healthcare and I have two nieces who are hoping to train as nurses from next year.

“Having initially been hesitant to start my career in healthcare, I couldn’t be happier that I took the plunge. It’s been such a rewarding career and I’m looking forward to what the next few years will bring!”