Table 3.

Illustrative quotations for ‘Belonging’ theme

SubthemeQuotation
Sense of value‘It's been a real privilege to be part of the COVID response and to feel valued by the team. Everyone has been so caring, friendly and supportive. It's been the perfect start to my medical career and I will always treasure my memories of being an a medical support worker at the Whit’
Sense of purpose‘I felt like I had contributed to a crisis in the best way that I could and I can leave feeling proud of myself’
Team‘They were all so welcoming and made us really feel part of the team. They never made us feel inferior but were equally so good at knowing when we would need an extra hand/support. Thanks so much!!’
‘My highlight was probably meeting my team and bonding with them so much – I didn't expect to come away from this having made such firm friends’