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Armed Forces Week - Andy Roberts

Armed Forces Week - Andy Roberts

 Date of release: 24 June 2020

This week is #ArmedForcesWeek and throughout the week we are going to celebrate our Armed Forces community here at RWT.

Join us as we #SaluteOurForces and recognise their invaluable contribution to the #NHS

Please read below our third staff profile:-

Latest News: Armed Forces Week Andy Roberts


Andy Roberts serviced for 8 years in the Royal Engineers. He joined as a combat engineer and carpenter and joiner, was based in Germany and did two operational tours in Afghanistan, and a construction tour in Belize.  Unfortunately on his second tour in Afghanistan 2009 he was involved in a blast injury to his left leg which then cut short his military career. He has had to have extensive surgery and many years of rehabilitation.

Andy now works as a clinical technologist for RWT.

He said: “I was worried that my disability would impact me within my role but from the get go my department have been understanding and supportive of my limitations and have ensured any adaptations could and can be made. Although not fully qualified for the post MPCE have recognised my transferable skills and are willing to mentor me and support me to gain the qualifications to become a qualified clinical technologist.  Now I’m working within my role I’ve found my previous engineering, construction skills and “can do” attitude has been invaluable.

“Starting just before and now working through the current covid-19 pandemic has also enhanced skills I had whilst on operational tours when serving with the Royal Engineers; being adaptable and flexible when reacting to whatever is thrown your way. I feel that my military ethos and transferable skills have made it easy for me fit in my team “EBME”.  Fulfilling my role and receiving positive feedback from colleagues and my management has made me feel part of a team again. I have regained both purpose and confidence which would not have been possible without the commitment from the RWT to the Step into Health Programme.”

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