I qualified in 1988 having studied a BA(Hons)Nursing Studies at Sheffield Polytechnic when Nursing degrees were quite unusual.
My first job after qualifying was at Ealing Hospital on a busy surgical ward specialising in Urology. I worked with staff from many nationalities and enjoyed living in London. My next move was to get some medical experience. I worked on ward specialising in HIV/AIDS at Dulwich Hospital in south London and lived in Camberwell.
Over the next few years I worked mainly in the field of HIV/AIDs Care, both inpatient, outpatient at the Kobler Centre (Chelsea and Westminster Hospital) and then at an AIDS Hospice in Brighton called The Sussex Beacon. Here, I set up the Day Care service. I absolutely loved this job which involved, amongst other things, driving around the Sussex countryside in a mini bus having fun on days out with our clients. My role also included managing staff and volunteers in the Day Centre, organising and delivering treatments and occupational activities.
Having met my husband and knowing that we were likely to move around for jobs, I decided to equip myself with a qualification that was transferable to different areas. I went back to Uni to study a BSc (Hons)Professional Practice in Community Nursing at Brighton University, which meant I could be a District Nurse.
We then moved to Oxford where I worked with a lovely community team from Jericho and North Oxford Medical centres, caring for patients in their own homes.
Two babies later we moved to Malvern in 2001 and have been here ever since. I continued to work part time in the community with the evening District Nursing Service and then had a stint as a School Nurse. After baby number three, I returned to Community Nursing. It is such a rewarding and varied job caring for people from all different backgrounds with all types of conditions and also at the end of life.
I had the opportunity to become involved in a project working within Nursing and Residential Homes to support staff to be proactive in caring for their residents and preventing unnecessary admissions to hospital. As a Community Nurse I had delivered care in Residential Homes and had always had great respect for the staff working in these establishments and the pressures they faced. My title in this role was Care Home Nurse Practitioner. I returned full time to Community Nursing in 2017.
Whilst on a cycling holiday in Austria in summer 2019 I saw an advert on Facebook for the role of Education and Learning Facilitator at SRH. I was excited by it and decided to apply …
I have always had a keen interest in education relevant to practice. It is so important that staff and volunteers have the opportunity to keep up to date with the changes that happen in health and social care. At SRH I hope to be able to share my enthusiasm for education and pass on my passion for patient centred care.