Marie tells us about her role as Patient Partner Programme Manager and what she likes most about her job.

Tell us about your role at the University.

I work at the Medical School and look after all the patient partners. Patient partners are members of the public who volunteer to help students practice communication skills or physical examination skills. I also do a little clinical skills teaching.

How do you usually start your day?

Always with a cup of tea! Ideally outside with the dog.  

What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?

I worked in the NHS for 10 years and was made redundant and I didn’t want to lose the patient contact and skills I had. The medical school was recruiting the same week I was made redundant and I was very lucky to be given the role.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

Meeting all the patient partners, we are like one big family. They are wonderful people and I have the pleasure of hearing all their stories and get paid for it.

What are your work priorities at the moment?

We are doing a lot of online sessions; this means the patients have had to learn how to use Blackboard. Currently we are trying to recruit more patients who would be willing to do online sessions.

How do you like to relax outside work?

I like gardening and walking on the beach.