Bob, scheduled care manager
What do you think a positive male role model is, do you have one, and would you consider yourself one? If so, why?
In many ways, a role model lies in many alternative roles. It can be in work, home life, parenting and sports but there's many more. I’ve worked for NEAS now for nearly 28 years and I remember that back in the day my mentor was my inspiration; leading to my motivation and values.
I'll choose an example for myself as a role model in my out-of-work role where sport is a hobby to leading into motivating and supporting other's, being kind and considering, understanding and empathetic plays a great part, the ability to listen and understand and not just react. Showing self-motivation and results proves passion towards your goals, celebrate achievement and reward results. Maintain consistency and be equal, be humble when supporting and learn together.
How important is it to you to look after yourself and your wellbeing, and how do you do that?
It’s very important to lead by example or trust can be broken. Setting goals and doing research to progress every journey is always under construction with roads that can take alternative routes. Planning and preparation are key, sharing results and practice aids in supporting others.
What advice can you give to other men who may be struggling?
Don't think that you’re alone; sometimes the hardest part is reaching out and not feeling afraid to ask for support. The feeling of being belittled or a failure can be overwhelming, to a point it can single you out to avoid support or assistance. Often guys don't want to ask for assistance, sometimes being in the background and listening to someone's goals can lead to an inspirational journey of friendship and support, it can lead to the inspired inspiring others.
Anything else you’d like to talk about? For example, patient care, what it’s like working in the ambulance service as a man etc.
Myself working for the ambulance gives me a great deal of pride and self-satisfaction supporting others. Some patients may not see anyone other than their transporter, so being there to chat, support or even just listen to their day can mean so much to them and it’s very rewarding to know you made a difference to them.
I am blessed to have achieved a national award for NEAS in 2000. This was an amazing achievement and especially one where I hadn't applied for, and I had been nominated from the patients we support. This led me to my journey into management where I try my best to inspire my staff with great values. I do understand we all have in drivers and our own values but being motivated and inspiring is a gift to keep on giving.