I started my NHS career as a Health Care Assistant in the 1990s and continued on to undertake my registered nurse training at the University of Wolverhampton School of Health. I developed an affinity for community nursing so made the decision to apply for posts in the community on qualifying. My first post was a community staff nurse and I developed both clinical and assessment skills within this role. I was fortunate enough to secure a place on the Specialist Practice District Nursing Course, again at the University of Wolverhampton. On qualifying as a Specialist Practitioner I worked as a District Nursing Team Leader and then moved into the post of Community Matron eighteen months later. After a period as a Community Matron, I was encouraged to become a Practice Education Facilitator to support the workforce in education and training whilst maintaining a clinical role and I remained in this role for seven years but for the last two of those years I also undertook the role of project lead for dementia within the organisation, developing the strategic plan and delivering education in dementia care. Last year an opportunity came up to join the specialist practice team at the University and I was successfully appointed. I now module lead for Health Assessment and Nurse Prescribing as well as supporting the Specialist Practice Programme and teach across the faculty in other departments.
I am a certified Positive Approach to Care ™ trainer in dementia.