What is your current role and what does it involve?
I am an advanced nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department.
Why did you choose to do the job you do now?
Throughout my career I have always sought out ways to improve myself and the care I give patients. My initiative and innovative ways of working were recognised by Leicester’s Hospitals who supported me to develop my skills through a postgraduate course. I found advanced practice to be a way to develop myself and my career without losing the bits of nursing I loved the best – patient contact.
What training have you had and how has your career progressed?
I undertook a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Clinical Practice part-time from 2006, while working full-time as a charge nurse in the Emergency Department. Since then I have continued to develop clinically and professionally. I am now leading the development of advanced practice at Leicester’s Hospitals, still work clinically and have helped create and now teach the Advanced Clinical Practice Masters at the University of Leicester.
What motivates you most about working at Leicester’s Hospitals?
I have always been encouraged to develop myself, my practice and my service. My colleagues, both senior and junior, have always been supportive and willing to look at how change could benefit our patients.
What are the best things about Leicestershire and the surrounding area?
I am not from Leicester but have lived and worked here for 20 years. It’s a very diverse, vibrant and interesting city. Outside is the beautiful Leicestershire countryside. As a keen cyclist and runner it doesn’t get much better!
What would you say to people thinking about joining Leicester’s Hospitals?
Go for it! Leicester’s Hospitals faces the same challenges as all NHS providers – nowhere is perfect. But in Leicester we never stop trying to get better, which makes me proud to work here every day.