Lesley Robinson – County Senior Sexual Health Adviser Northamptonshire Integrated Sexual Health Service – Northampton General Hospital

July 28, 2017

Northamptonshire offers a great quality of life and career progression

Lesley Robinson, who is 38, has been working at Northampton General Hospital for almost 13 years. She moved to the area from Brighton in Sussex because her boyfriend lived in Northampton.

Now happily married, they took the decision to live in Northampton for financial reasons. One being that house prices are much cheaper than Brighton, and the surrounding area is less crowded and offers more open spaces.

Other benefits include the fact that Northamptonshire is right in the centre of England, with London an hour away, Birmingham half an hour and a choice of major airports. There is no need to travel to the main London airports, which is a fantastic asset.

Lesley first took a similar job in Milton Keynes but wasn’t enjoying it and when her sister-in-law saw the County Senior Sexual Health Adviser at Northampton General Hospital role advertised, Lesley decided to apply and got the job. She now covers sexual health across Northampton and Kettering – a job she thoroughly enjoys and has no plans to change.

She particularly likes the Trust as they have a different approach to sexual health, which sits within Mental Health rather than in Acute Trust. The Trust also promotes staff wellbeing.

Lesley says, “There are plenty of wellbeing benefits, such as annual health checks, physio, long term sickness help and gym membership. There are regular Pilates, Zumba and Yoga classes at a few bases across the county. The Trust also has great occupational health and provides a counselling and psychological service.”

The Trust has opportunities for doctors and nurses and is committed to helping people progress within their chosen career. However, Lesley points out they don’t hassle people if they don’t want to progress into management or take a degree.

Lesley enjoys living in one of the villages outside Northampton and says, “There are some beautiful villages with a good community spirit around here. I have a 15-mile commute, which is quite pleasant. Northamptonshire is still cheap for housing compared to Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and the Home Counties.”

She suggests it’s a good place to relocate, as there are good schools, and larger towns such as Wellingborough and Kettering that are expanding and building new infrastructure such as houses and schools.

Lesley adds, “There are many farm shops selling excellent local produce, plus garden centres if you are interested in gardening. There is the pretty river Nene with waterways to hire boats. I have a great quality of life living in a beautiful village and doing the job I love.”