20 July 2015
David Bray is an HR business partner at the Royal Free London. Here he answers our questions about his work in the NHS.
What training/qualifications have you done to get to where you are now?
Entry level roles just require a general administrative background. To be a HR advisor you would need to complete a certificate in personnel practice, more senior roles require an additional HR qualification and for you to be a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Why do you do what you do?
When I was 16 I had a Saturday job and found the role of the HR officer - interviewing staff, arranging pay and generally helping people - really interesting.
What is the best thing about your role?
I enjoy working with people, the development of staff and helping managers with recruitment.
Why do you like working at the Royal Free London?
Being part of a world class organisation. I think the vision and values and reputation of the organisation are fantastic.
What would you say to someone considering a career in the NHS?
The NHS is a fantastic place to work, with a wide variety of roles. The Royal Free London is now one of the largest NHS trusts in the country with 10,000 staff and a huge variety of clinical, non-clinical and temporary roles.
What did you want to be when you were little?
I wanted to be a pilot.
Any other interesting/fun facts about your career you would like to share?
The HR team at the Royal Free London are great fun!