Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons) in Specialist Community Nursing and Health Care Practice
Institute of Health Visiting – Fellow
Registered Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (HV)
Registered Nurse (Adult)
Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber
Diploma in Health Care Nursing
Previously Registered Midwife
I began my career as a ‘nursing cadet’ (pre-nursing student) which gave me an insight into how all levels of skills can significantly contribute towards providing a high standard of care.
I qualified as a Registered General Nurse and worked on a busy specialist medical/haematology ward in Sheffield. This experience taught me the importance of responding to and addressing individual needs sensitively despite the challenges faced. I then qualified as a Midwife and thoroughly enjoyed the autonomy and responsibilities of this role. I particularly enjoyed the sense of achievement when delivering babies.
I was becoming increasingly interested in working in the community, so I completed Health Visitor training and worked on the outskirts of Rotherham. This developed my skills in adapting to all levels of need and diversity. I strongly felt that the ethos of a holistic family-centered approach towards addressing the needs of children, young people and families at the early stages of their lives was very effective.
I continued to develop my leadership/management skills in a number of posts such as becoming a nurse representative for the Primary Care Group (prior PCT) covering the northern area of Rotherham and contributing towards the commissioning of local services; Advanced Practitioner (Health Visiting) and Assistant Service Manager in 2010 managing teams of staff from the Local Authority and the PCT (integrated model).
My recent posts as Service Manager for School Nursing/Health Visiting (2011-Jan 2013) and present role as Service Manager for Health Visiting hold my enduring interest in the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme to all, especially the most vulnerable.