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, Alex tells us how he got started in the NHS and shares his 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.


What attracted you to working 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.

At the start, I applied online to become a domestic assistant. I got the opportunity to do a Modern Apprenticeship. 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 working in sports or the fitness industry wasn’t for me, so I applied for a job in the NHS.

What's a typical day like for you?

My day-to-day role involves delegating work to my team. I also make sure they have all the equipment they need to provide a clean and safe environment for patients, visitors, and staff.

What are the most important skills for a domestic supervisor?

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

What are your future career goals?

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 domestic services manager one day in the future.

What advice would you give someone thinking about a career in the NHS?

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.

How to become a domestic supervisor

Domestic supervisors manage the work of domestic assistants, organise rotas and make sure that the domestic services staff are used appropriately.

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