Meet David, HR business partner

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!