05th September 2019 Written by Skills for Health

Image: Lucy Blinko.“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life forever.” Amy Poehler

As you'll soon discover, this is very true of our Technical Consultant Lucy Blinko. Take a few minutes from your day to discover why…




  • What experiences led you to work for WD Trust?

I joined the NHS as a temp, doing a short-term admin contract and ended up staying. I moved into project management and from there onto contract management. My work in the health sector has always been centred around education and learning design and delivery and workforce development. I joined this organisation on a temporary maternity cover contract to manage a series of workforce and education demonstration sites. That baby is now at secondary school and I’m still here!

  • What does an average day look like for you?

I am a technical advisor within the NOS, Qualifications and Apprenticeships team at Skills for Health. I mainly work from home, travelling out to meetings a couple of times a week. On an at-home day you will find me at my desk writing documents, dreaming up content for our Healthcare Apprenticeship Standards Online (HASO) website, taking part in Skype calls or doing desk-based research. On a day when I’m out and about I tend to be facilitating large groups to work together so I will be offering advice and guidance, running workshops and collecting information to inform documents that I will later be working on at home.

  • What do you enjoy most about your job?

I like the interaction with my own team and with the groups that I work with. Every day I work with people who have an awe-inspiring amount of knowledge and expertise. There is a great deal of enthusiasm for the work that we do both from within the team and the frontline healthcare staff that we interact with. We also work on some pretty knotty problems so it’s really nice when something that has been tricky to work on suddenly comes together.

  • What upcoming projects are you working on?

Currently my primary focus is on developing apprenticeships for the health sector in England. I work with stakeholder groups to define what it is that they need and try to articulate what they are telling me into the written documents, putting them through the standardised process until they are finally approved for delivery. Aside from that and the HASO website, I manage other ad hoc smaller projects that come into the team such as writing standards, developing guidance materials, assisting with qualification developments or running workshops.

  • In a perfect world…

I would have more time to read books and catch up with friends and family.

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