Clinical Quality Lead (FNP National Unit)
I began my nursing career as a Nursing Auxiliary in a Hospice in Cambridge which led onto training as an RGN and working in general surgery and on a rehabilitation unit for young people before moving out into the community to work in a GP practice. This is where I
developed an interest in preventative interventions and supporting people to manage their own health. I loved working with children, particularly in the asthma clinic, so when an opportunity came up I joined a school nursing team. During my time as a school nurse I was seconded to do my BA (hons) Public Health following which I returned to school nursing to manage a skill mix team.
In 2008 I became a Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children and it was during this time that I first came into contact with FNP as I provided tripartite meetings to the local FNP team. Whilst working as a Named Nurse I undertook a Masters in Child Protection and Complex Child Care at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust which confirmed my belief that early intervention is the most important way of improving the health and wellbeing of the whole population.
Following a move to Bristol I was appointed as Designated Nurse for Safeguarding and Looked After Children in North Somerset. It was interesting to spend time working with commissioners in the CCG and I was fortunate to be part of leading a review of the Looked After Children’s service and introducing a multi-agency CSE strategy. Although I enjoyed my safeguarding role I was increasingly aware that it was often ‘too little, too late’ and when FNP came to Bristol I was successfully appointed as Supervisor for one of the two teams. I loved being involved in setting up and establishing FNP in Bristol and it was a real privilege to work with such committed and skilled colleagues to deliver a service to amazing clients and their families.
In March 2016 I joined the FNP National Unit as part of the clinical team.