28 April 2023 | JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel
I am a Registered Nurse (Adult) with 30 years’ experience, having worked across both the NHS and private sector both in the UK and abroad. Currently I am the Lead Nurse for Education and Development at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust. I lead the Professional Standards Team to support the development of registered and unregistered nursing staff and students and trainees; building relationships with the clinical teams to develop teaching and training to enable a high standard of patient care to be delivered by those who have the skills and knowledge to provide it; and as Professional Nurse Advocate lead recognise the need to ensure that the wellbeing of staff is considered.
My experience in nursing has been varied both in the NHS and the private sector; in the UK (including the Channel Islands) and in New Zealand. I have worked in the field of neuro including both the acute and rehabilitation settings. I gained acute medical and renal experience on the Island of Guernsey and in New Zealand. I have undertaken a variety of roles including management, specialist nursing and educational in both hospital and community settings. Although my BA and MSc are in non-nursing subjects; archaeology and osteoarchaeology; having a special interest in human osteoarchaeology has enabled me to apply both areas of knowledge, nursing and archaeology. I have been involved in the educational and research fields of osteoarchaeology.
In my previous roles I have undertaken teaching and education to all staff groups; pre and post registration students and qualified and unqualified staff both within a clinical setting and the wider Educational arena in local Trusts, Higher Education, Secondary education and the private sector. I am passionate about supporting staff to develop and recognise the role this plays in retaining staff within the organisation and am passionate about ensuring that staff are given the support that they need both in professional and personal development.