SAPHNA Committee member
I have been a qualified nurse for over 20 years. I initially trained as a registered children’s nurse and it was during this training that I spent time with our local school nursing team and knew this was the career path I wanted to pursue.
I initially joined the School Nursing Team within Staffordshire as a Staff Nurse and within twelve months commenced my School Nurse training. Throughout my nursing career I have enjoyed various roles including: staff nurse, school nurse, team leader for school nurses and for the last ten years I have been a professional lead. The professional lead role initially focused on school nursing and other school aged services and more recently has evolved into being the professional lead for children’s universal services (health visiting, school nursing, targeted intervention service and school aged immunisation services). This development within my role prompted me to complete further training regarding health visiting. I work within Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation University Trust. I thoroughly enjoy the challenges of working in the ever changing NHS environment and working with our amazing teams.
I am extremely passionate about my profession, specialist community public health nursing and as soon as I started nurse training and spending time with a school nurse I knew that this was my vocation.
I am dyslexic and I feel this enables me to occasionally view things from a different aspect, leading to creative solutions and approaches.
I am very excited about being a committee member in SAPHNA where I would like to use my skills, knowledge, experience and creativity to contribute to this essential and important organisation; Thus showcasing, strengthening and raising the voice and platform of school nurses and our future development and ambitions. SAPHNA is a beacon and symbol for school nurses and public health nurses by listening, advocating and being a platform for our members to connect together to share innovation, challenges and promote our wonderful professions.