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Meet Amanda

Meet Amanda

Job title: Learning and Development Co-ordinator

What does your job entail?

The areas I look after in the HR department are:

  • Recruitment; From advertising to assisting managers with shortlisting and interviewing candidates, through to on-boarding new staff members including taking up all assurance checks such as DBS, referencing, Occupational Health clearance and working on contractual paperwork for new starters
  • Apprenticeships; Sourcing and arranging apprenticeships for current staff and new staff members joining us as apprentices
  • Work experience; Arranging placements within all Hospice departments for students from the local community currently studying in years 10-13 including liaising both with local schools and students directly 
  • Non-clinical training; Managing the hospice e-learning system, sourcing new courses/qualifications, both online and face to face, as needs arise, for staff and volunteers across the whole Hospice.

How did you get into the charity sector? 

I started my working life in the West End theatres in London in the mid-1990s, before joining a publishing company in 1999 as an Administration Assistant, eventually leaving this company in 2010 as Operations Director, in order to move to North Devon.  I worked at a Barnstaple-based supportive living care agency for 5 years as a Systems Administrator before joining North Devon Hospice in 2015 as Education & Training Co-ordinator, going on to become Learning & Development Co-ordinator in 2018.  Quite a varied ride over the last 20 years!  I enjoy systems and working on them to make processes more agile and streamlined in order to make life simpler and better for everyone.

What do you enjoy about working at the hospice?

The hospice is a truly wonderful place with amazing people each playing their part in helping ensure our patients and their families receive the very best care and support at the time when they need it the most.  There is a great sense of wholeness, we are one team coming together to do our best to help make a difference to the lives of others.  I am very proud to be a part of the hospice team.

A fun fact about me that you might not expect.

Music is my passion…1960s and 1970s classic rock…The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Small Faces, Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart to name but a few…I still have and play all their albums on vinyl too!