Diabetes Specialist Nurse
Diabetes Specialist and Long Term Conditions Nurse
Rapid Access Nurse
I trained as a nurse at Queen Alexandra Hospital ,Portsmouth , qualifying in 1980, where I then worked in A&E Department. After having my children I returned to nursing and completed a back to practice and conversion course. I then worked in Petersfield Community Hospital for 11 years as a Staff Nurse and also mentoring students. I joined Swan Surgery in 2006 as a full time practice nurse. I also help run a ‘drop in’ clinic called ‘Healthzone’ based at The Grange for young people aged 12 – 19years old. I have been involved in research and set up our wound care clinic. Any spare time I have, is spent enjoying my hobbies of: running, reading , theatre and spending time with my children and 5 grandchildren. I have seen many changes in nursing since qualifying over 35 years ago.
I joined Swan Surgery in 2013 following many years specialising in the care of people with diabetes as a specialist nurse and a nurse consultant. I helped set up the Diabetes Centre at Queen Alexandra Hospital in 1985 and left in 2010 to work with the Leicester Diabetes Centre undertaking research into education programmes for people with diabetes and other long term conditions. I also work as a Teaching Fellow with the University of Leicester for their Masters in Diabetes programme. I am qualified as a nurse prescriber. However, I missed working with people with diabetes and was very pleased to be offered this position as a specialist diabetes nurse in the surgery. My work involves helping people understand how diabetes is affecting them and then supporting them in the choices they make to look after themselves. I enjoy being part of the Swan Surgery team where we are looking to improve the services to people with diabetes and other long term conditions by incorporating technology (including the surgery website) and group education sessions.
Originally from Surrey, I did my nurse training at University College Hospital in London before moving to Hampshire where I did my midwifery training at St Mary’s Hospital in Portsmouth.
After a career break to have children, I spent several years as a Practice Nurse in Denmead during which time I was seconded to the Diabetes Centre at Queen Alexandra Hospital. Working with inspirational Diabetes Specialist Nurses, professors and consultants ignited my interest in Diabetes and initiated a gradual change in career focus with less time devoted to Practice Nursing and more time spent on Diabetes. In 2007 I completed the transition and became a full time Diabetes Specialist Nurse.
From the start I was integral in setting up and establishing the Community Diabetes Team within East Hampshire and Fareham and Gosport and this service has won several local and national awards for the model of care it provides to patients, GPs and other healthcare professionals. My interests are the management of complex cases and providing education to patients and the healthcare community.
After qualifying from Southampton University in Adult Nursing, in 2006, I moved to Devon and worked in the Emergency Department for 3 years. Whilst there I attended Paediatric Emergency courses to further my education. I then moved to Hampshire to be closer to family and worked in Queen Alexandra Hospital in the Emergency Department for a further 3 years as a senior Nurse. Having obtained this hospital experience, I wanted to have more of a continual approach to primary care enhancing all aspects of patients’ health and wellbeing and therefore moved to Forest End Surgery as a Practice and Emergency Nurse in 2012. There I gained a varied and wide amount of knowledge and completed a degree module of History Taking and Physical Assessment in 2013. This learning gave me a detailed evidence based approach which I can incorporate into my work, allowing me to work autonomously. I have recently moved to Swan Surgery to assist in setting up the Rapid Access Service, reliving pressure of growing demands in rising population. The patients I am able to examine in the Rapid Access Clinic include complaints of chest pain, upper/lower respiratory tract infections, abdominal pain, urinary tract infection, rashes, infected wounds and generally unwell children to name but a few.
Rapid Access Nurse
I qualified as a nurse in 2003 and have worked within several specialities, but prior to joining the team at The Swan Surgery I worked as a Sister in the Emergency Department at QA. During those 10 years I saw many different patients, with a wide variety of conditions and I developed some fantastic skills. However I felt it was time to embrace a new challenge! I have enjoyed meeting and becoming part of the team here at The Swan and have met many patients already. I look forward to meeting more of you as we develop the rapid access service.