I’ve worked for ULHT since qualifying in 2006, first as a Staff Nurse, then Charge Nurse and since 2015 as an ACP. My day-to-day practice spans the Emergency Department, outpatient clinic, inpatient wards, Coronary Care and Cardiac Catheter Lab as well as liaising with and receiving patients directly from East Midlands Ambulance Service and Helimed. I still work some shifts on coronary care in addition to my contracted hours. I have a BSc in Critical Care - Cardiology, have been a Non-Medical Prescriber since 2016 and am currently completing my MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice at the University of Lincoln.
I like to keep active in my spare time and travel when able. I am a keen runner; I completed Manchester Marathon in 2018 in < 3hrs 45 and raised over £500 for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance completing the Great North Run later the same year. I trekked to Everest Base Camp in 2010 and trekked the Annapurna circuit in 2013 - including ascending Thorong-La Pass at 5416 metres above sea level. I’m a football fan and run a five-a-side team locally, playing weekly when shift patterns allow.
I have an interest in and support initiatives aimed at improving patient experience, but I’m even more passionate about those aimed at improving staff health and well-being, particularly mental health - for which I am a strong advocate. I believe that happy and healthy staff are better equipped and more motivated to provide the best care to patients, their carers and the wider community. I feel passionate about Evidence-based Practice and the #FOAMed movement and subsequent movements that have been inspired by it. I believe that social media is revolutionising the way that we share and learn. It’s an exciting time to work in healthcare, despite the evident pressures we face daily.
I’m more than happy to be contacted for support, advice and encouragement, or to help raise the profile of any local or national projects or initiatives.