I initially trained as a Registered General Nurse at the Thomas Guy School of Nursing, then specialised in paediatrics, gaining experience in acute and community settings, and subsequently working in the voluntary sector for Demelza Hospice Care. I developed clinical skills, and gained insight into the impact of acute and chronic physical health issues on the child’s capacity to achieve potential, and on family functioning and dynamics. My desire to relate to clients with integrity and compassion led me to invest in my communication skills; I gained a Diploma in Bereavement Counselling in 2004, and consolidated this through supportive listening and voluntary work with bereaved children and families.
Whilst working at Demelza, my ambition to promote quality, evidence based care led me into the sphere of practice development. I became jointly responsible for the clinical education of care staff across two hospice sites, and simultaneously invested in my own professional development through degree study, gaining a BSc Hons in Professional Practice (Children’s Palliative Care) with Greenwich University in 2009. In 2012 I moved back to the NHS, and completed a PG Dip in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing at Canterbury Christ Church University, following which I worked as a Health Visitor with Medway Community Healthcare and Kent Community NHS Foundation Trust.
I found my experience as a student motivating and inspiring, and was delighted to join the School of Nursing as a Lecturer with the Child team in February 2018. I bring depth and breadth of experience, and an active interest in children’s palliative care and public health nursing. I am very much looking forward to teaching and supporting students across a range of modules in Child nursing and on the Nurse Associate Foundation Degree, and also to undertaking the PGCAP course as part of my own professional development.