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Christine Latham: From DIY lover to female plumber, a shining example for National Estates and Facilities Day 

  • Frontline worker changed careers at 55, going from Domestic Assistant to Maintenance Assistant.
  • With support and encouragement from NHSPS, Christine is still growing in her career, now in an apprenticeship to become a plumber. 

As National Estates and Facilities Day approaches, NHS Property Services (NHSPS) is proud to highlight the inspiring story of Christine Latham, a dedicated employee whose journey exemplifies the power of courage, passion, and that dreams can be sought after at any age.

At a stage in life when many are contemplating retirement, Christine embarked on a new career path that not only fulfilled her lifelong passion for DIY but also brought her professional satisfaction. In 2022, after years as a Domestic Assistant, Christine attended a taster day for maintenance operatives. “That single day changed my life! Before I could blink, I got an interview for the role of Maintenance Assistant. I didn’t hesitate; I was ready to go for it,” she recalls.

With her inherent knack for DIY, honed by years of practice and a family tradition of making and fixing, Christine aced the interview and began her dream job in April 2023. Now, encouraged by her line manager, she decided to pursue an apprenticeship and is on track to become a fully qualified plumber by 59. “I only wish I’d done it sooner,” she says. “Imagine getting paid to do what you love? It’s changed the way I look at everything. The sky’s the limit for me now!”  

Her story is not just about professional success; it’s about personal transformation, Christine shares: “I adore everything about my job. Nothing gets the better of me. I love the variety of jobs and mucking in to deliver the best possible customer service. I enjoy a chat and a laugh with customers. I treat them the way I want to be treated. I’ve always got a smile to brighten their day.”  

As National Estates and Facilities Day shines a spotlight on the unsung heroes of our healthcare system, Christine Latham’s story stands out as inspiration. Her message to others contemplating a change is clear: “Just do it! You may discover a bigger passion than you ever imagined.”  

NHSPS’ established ‘Get Grow Keep’ culture means that every colleague has the opportunity to develop their careers with over a thousand online courses and an apprenticeship programme on offer.

You can find more information on the National Estates and Facilities Day on https://healthcareefmday.org/ and read Christine’s story on our website here.


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