Mat Stephenson is the second PEF in our interview series to help you get to know the PEFs for your placement areas and pass on a few pearls of wisdom! Mat works at The Christie Hospital in Withington, and won 2016 PEF of the year at the SNMSW Recognising Excellence in Practice awards! If you’re on placement here and have any issues or queries Mat will be more than happy to help.
What is your background in Nursing/Healthcare?
I am an Operating Department Practitioner by background but like most PEF’s we are expected to have a working knowledge of nursing and all AHP programs to facilitate the learning opportunities within our workplace.
What do you enjoy most about your role as a PEF?
The role of PEF is very diverse but the biggest enjoyment is when I receive an evaluation or feedback that is filled with praise for the mentors and staff on the wards that have made an impact on the students’ learning and the student has enjoyed the placement and really learnt from the experience.
What is the most challenging part of being a PEF?
Not having enough time… it’s the little things that can take up so much time yet have the greatest impact on an individual. Besides the day to day routine work its always a challenge to do the work that is less interesting like admin and reports. Trying to keep all the students happy and give the best learning experience possible isn’t always possible for differing reasons but I try!
One piece of advice you would give yourself as a student…
Be curious and inquisitive, don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask more than one person the same question as you might get a slightly different answer or a different point of view then take the best bits and make yourself the best.
How can students get in touch with you?
My work email is Mathew.Stephenson@christie.nhs.uk and work number is 0161 918 7367. The Christie website is www.christie.nhs.uk and the School of Oncology has a twitter account for information about events; @TheChristieSoO. Don’t be afraid to contact to me about any query.