#100 Big Careers, Small Children: Kate Jarman – Flex NHS

Big Careers, Small Children Podcast - ep100 - Kate Jarman

“We’ve been working with NHS England who last year made a huge policy shift in the NHS to make flexible working a day one employment right and to make roles flexible by default.”

Joining us for the 100th episode of Big Careers, Small Children is change-maker Kate Jarman, co-founder of Flex NHS and Director of Corporate Affairs at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Kate founded Flex NHS alongside Asha Cowey in 2018 with the mission to make flexible working more accessible to the 1.5 million staff working in the NHS. Flex NHS champions flex for all, and promotes a better work/life balance as a vital part of recruiting and retaining NHS staff now and in the future.

We discuss:

  • The catalyst for starting Flex NHS
  • How through Flex NHS Kate and Aasha have built a movement for change in flexible working that has completely changed national policy
  • Why you should be less transactional and more authentic at work
  • How Kate juggles being a campaigner alongside working full time in her NHS role
  • Why it’s a myth that if you work part-time or flexibly in the NHS you can’t progress your career

We hope you enjoy the conversation. Find out more about Flex NHS on Twitter @FlexNHS

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