Melanie Skelton - Clinical Projects Manager & Endoscopy Services Manager

My career in the healthcare sector started in the United Kingdom (I was brought up in West Yorkshire), I trained through a variety of hospitals – Psychiatric, Orthopaedic and Maternity, qualifying in 1988. After graduating I worked in a general surgical unit and this then lead to a post in community nursing. In 1993 I started working in Occupational Health and completed a degree in Occupational Health and Safety. After the birth of my youngest daughter, I returned to work in the NHS as a Registered Nurse in Orthopaedics and later completed my Orthopaedic specialist degree.

After being recruited through a nursing agency, I emigrated to New Zealand in 2003 and commenced my journey with MercyAscot – at first, working as a Registered Nurse on St Cecilia’s Orthopaedic Ward, moving to a Resource Nurse position and subsequently appointed as the Charge Nurse Manager of the ward. I returned to the UK in 2006 to take up a Clinical Manager role for a national Occupational Health and Safety organisation.

Missing New Zealand and the lifestyle and opportunities it offered, my family and I decided to return to New Zealand in 2009 where I recommenced my journey with MercyAscot. I have since had a number of interesting roles at MercyAscot supported by management, from Clinical Project Manager – setting up the Admissions Unit, to a cross-site Charge Nurse Manager position, and finally to the Operations Manager for Peri-operative Services and most recently being seconded onto the Clinical Development project team.

All of my family have been supported over the years through MercyAscot. The various teams I have worked in have been friendly and supportive and many have become our international extended family – I have received support and encouragement from all the MercyAscot staff across the years. When I needed urgent surgery, the management team were there to support and guide me through the process and recovery.

We love our life here and the opportunities we have and it is the amazing people and prospects at MercyAscot that have been the draw card for me to return to working at MercyAscot. This is home!