Ellen, who has worked for us since 1996, is based mainly at Heartlands but rotates to Good Hope and Solihull.
As well as her Emergency Department consultant role she is also an inspirational education champion for emergency medicine and Head of School for postgraduate training in Emergency Medicine in the West Midlands.
She started her career at medical school in Birmingham and stayed in the West Midlands for junior posts before registrar training in EM in London.
When she began working as a consultant she had young children when she was able to work three days a week. Now they’re grown up she works full time, dividing her time between emergency medicine and roles in education.
“My role is quite varied. From the Emergency Department side of things, there’s a mix of different shifts so some daytime, some evening and on call shifts, each different shift has a different sort of feel the role is predominantly leading the team, supervising, seeing patients yourself and trying to make sure patients in the Emergency Department are getting the best care possible.
“If you want a quiet life this isn’t the place to come but If you want to be challenged and if you want to work in a really good team then this is the place to be, you feel like you are making a difference, you feel like what you are doing matters….”