Alex, domestic supervisor, NHS Lothian

Alex is a domestic supervisor working in an NHS hospital.

"What attracted me to working within the NHS was the opportunity to help people and I’d heard that it was a good organisation to work for."

In this video, he tells us how he got started in the NHS and is career goals for the future.

My name’s Alex Gair and I’m a domestic supervisor in the NHS.

What attracted me to working within the NHS was the opportunity to help people and I’d heard that it was a good organisation to work for.

How I got started. I applied online to become a domestic assistant. I got the opportunity to do a Modern Apprenticeship, and after that, I got a secondment as a domestic supervisor and I’m now a permanent domestic supervisor.

Before I started working for the NHS, I was at college studying Sport and Exercise. After completing the course, I realised that wasn’t for me, so I applied to join in the NHS.

My day-to-day role involves delegating work to staff, providing equipment for staff and providing a clean and safe environment for patients.

The most important skills that I feel are needed in my job are good leadership, good communication and good organisation.

My career goals are to gain more qualifications. At the moment, I am studying through work. I’m doing another Modern Apprenticeship.

Hopefully that will give me the skills needed to become a manager one day in the future.

The advice I would give someone who is thinking about working for the NHS is that it’s a really good organisation to work for and there will be plenty of opportunities to progress.