A former healthcare assistant has risen through the ranks to become chief nurse at the same hospital where he began his career.
Alfonzo Tramontano, who became an auxiliary nurse at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital in 1984, has worked his way up the ladder to lead the hospital’s nursing team.
The role of chief nurse at Chesterfield Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will involve a lot of interaction with staff and patients allowing Mr Tramontano time on the wards to lead by example.
Mr Tramontano said: ‘Nobody can accuse me of not knowing what a busy ward is like. When I first started my friends were all going down mines but I found this job added value to people’s lives and you don’t get that from many professions.
‘I always looked at the job description and requirement of the grade above and made it known that was what I was aiming for.’
He added: ‘Nursing is different now from when I first started but the principles are the same. We need to look backwards to progress and put all our efforts into focusing on the patient.’