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Robert Head

Maintenance Craftsman

As with all large organisations, we need to ensure that our buildings are up-to-scratch and functioning properly, but unlike most other large organisations, in our case it can be a matter of life and death.

Our maintenance teams work around our sites making sure that everything is working as it should and our buildings are fully operational so we can provide an excellent level of care.

Robert has been with the Trust for nearly two years now as a Maintenance Craftsman. His particular role focuses on keeping the plumbing working at the LGI.

"There's a lot of variety in my day-to-day, visiting areas all across the Infirmary. It can be anything from fixing boilers to keeping the ventilation working. I really enjoy working here, because you never know what the next day will involve," said Robert.

"I feel it's a privilege to be part of the team keeping the LGI running and helping to ensure that patients have the best experience of the hospital possible," he added.

Without our maintenance staff, the Trust would not be able to function and operations, procedures and care would be unsafe and in some cases impossible.

Robert is also studying at Leeds College of Building, through LTHT, in Building Services Engineering.

"Education plays a really important role in my work; making sure that I have the knowledge and skills to do the job properly. It's great that the Trust offers help with enhancing the academic qualifications of members of staff, and promoting the idea of moving up in the organisation," explained Robert.

Outside of work, Robert is a keen sportsman and enjoys playing rugby with the Burley Lions, although he has recently had to take time out after breaking his leg during a match.

"Looking back now it was quite funny. I'd returned home from my honeymoon in April last year, and been back in work for about three days. I finished work at 16:00, went to play rugby and was back in the LGI on a stretcher at 19:00. The doctors and nurses were fantastic, but it was interesting to see what things are like from the perspective of a patient," Robert said.