Ms Sally Sturge

Senior Lecturer in Public Health

Email address: S.Sturge@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 518867 Location: Wolverhampton Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Health Professions Areas of expertise: Public Health

About

My professional background predominately consists of adult nursing including extensive experience in community nursing and health visiting. My community nursing experience has been underpinned by the successful completion of BA(Hons) in Generic Primary Care whereby I had the opportunity to explore district nursing, practice nursing, school nursing and health visiting. During this time I successfully led on the implementation of a Leg Club in the local area to improve the patient’s journey when experiencing leg ulceration but also providing preventative care to the whole local population. Alongside this, myself and colleagues initiated Nurse Treatment Centre’s to enable ambulatory patients of all ages to be seen in a setting over 7 days a week with enhanced opening hours. I soon progressed into the community matron team as a designated case manager for local care homes, helping to reduce inappropriate hospital admissions. Following maternity leave I embarked onto my health visitor training whereby my nursing experience developed further involving the identification, assessment and meeting the health needs of the population from cradle to grave but latterly focusing on 0-5 year old children and their families. My community nursing career encompassed 10 years, which also included my last role of a practice teacher for health visiting.

Research interests

  • Safeguarding Children
  • Child Development
  • Domestic Violence

Membership of professional bodies

  • UKSC
  • CPHVA

Qualifications

  • PG Cert in Education for Health, Social care and Allied Professionals  
  • Masters of Science in Primary Healthcare Practice   
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public health Nursing (Health Visiting)   
  • BA(Hons) Generic Primary Care Second Class Honours (Division 1)   
  • Diploma in Nursing Studies – Adult  

Previous professional experience

  • Senior Lecturer – Specialist Community Public Health Nursing   
  • Health Visitor/ Practice Teacher; delivered training sessions as part of a rolling programme to student health visitors
  • Registered adult nurse (Recovery nurse, Nurse treatment Centre – Lead nurse, Leg club Lead nurse, Case Manager)
  • Delivered training to qualified nurses within the nursing home environment
  • Student nurse, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership Trust  
  • Health Visitor & Practice Teacher
  • To work as an autonomous practitioner in the absence of direct supervision
  • Deputise for health Visiting Professional Lead as necessary
  • Provide clinical leadership and day-to-day management of the health visiting team in a multi-agency setting
  • Pro-active management and professional responsibility of the caseload to meet the changing needs of the service
  • Compile and maintain caseload profile, identify the health needs, target and set appropriate goals/outcomes that can be changed to meet the constantly changing needs of the service and to inform public health strategies
  • Plan healthcare initiatives that reflect local drivers to improve service delivery and make effective use of resource availability by working in partnership with statutory, private and voluntary agencies
  • Provide holistic health visiting services for the caseload and local practice population providing problem solving approach within a theoretical framework
  • Participate in the recruitment, selection and retention of staff
  • Work within NMC rules and regulations and local Trust policies and procedures
  • Strategic involvement in the development of clinical policy
  • Responsible for the entry of epidemiological data, research and audit trails and interpretation of data and client satisfaction surveys. Critically appraise emerging research and health trends and implement the outcomes
  • As an independent prescriber, diagnose and prescribe treatments for a range of adult and childhood conditions. Analyse facts to support client involvement and concordance with package of care
  • Develop, implement and evaluate health visitor led health promotion groups

Achievements:

  • Participated in NMC validation  – University of Wolverhampton
  • Stoke-On-Trent Community Health Services, Student Health Visitor 
  • Stoke-On-Trent Community Health Services, Case Manager 
  • Responsibilities & Achievements
  • To work as an autonomous practitioner assisting care home staff to reduce hospital admissions
  • Provide clinical leadership and day-to-day management of the nursing home team incorporating responding to SOS calls, facilitation of learning to nursing home staff including clinical and non-clinical staff and supporting nursing home staff with the end of life care pathway
  • Pro-active management and professional responsibility of the caseload to meet the changing needs of the service
  • Plan healthcare initiatives that reflect local drivers to improve service delivery and make effective use of resource availability by working in partnership with statutory, private and voluntary agencies
  • Participate in the recruitment, selection and retention of staff
  • Work within NMC rules and regulations and local Trust policies and procedures
  • Strategic involvement in the development of clinical policy
  • Responsible for the entry of epidemiology data, research and audit trails and interpretation of data and client satisfaction surveys.  Critically appraise emerging research and health trends and implement the outcomes

Achievements:

  • Inappropriate hospital admissions by nursing homes reduced significantly in Stoke-on-Trent
  • The implementation of sub-cut fluids in the community
  • Physical health assessment module completed
  • South Stoke PCT  
  • Nurse Treatment Centre Lead and Leg Club Lead