Central London Community Healthcare Trust
I graduated in 1997 in New Zealand with a Bachelor of Nursing and moved to London in 2001.
My current role is Nurse Consultant, Homeless Health Service Central London Community Healthcare. I lead a team of advanced nurse practitioners, apprentice nurse associate and counsellors in 3 of London’s inner boroughs, supporting people on the streets, in hostels and temporary accommodation.
I am committed to reducing health inequalities and ensuring that people in marginalised groups receive high quality healthcare. My ethos is to bring healthcare to where it is needed; my team has developed an award winning Street Outreach Service, bringing nurses to the streets to support people who are sleeping rough in London.
In 2020 my service was part of the Healthy London Partnership and Greater London Authority - The London Homeless Health Response to Covid-19 which won the HSJ award for Health and Local Government Partnership Award.
During the first national lockdown my team worked alongside agencies who support people experiencing homelessness to bring people in off the streets in the Governments Everyone In campaign.
My service is an integral part of the Covid 19 Vaccination program providing vaccines to people experiencing homelessness across a variety of settings in London.
My role is also to support healthcare professionals understand the complexities of caring for someone who is experiencing homelessness. My service is dedicated to providing student placements that will challenge and excite the nurses of tomorrow. In 2020 we won Student Nursing Times Award for Student Placement of the Year: Community, we are very proud of this achievement.