14+ years professional experience
Registered Learning Disability Nurse since 2018, with 14 years professional caring experience and 7 years as a young carer before that.
Community Learning Disability Nurse
East London NHS Foundation TrustAug 2018 - Present
Working within ELFT as a community learning disability nurse in a multidisciplinary team. As an integrated service with Tower Hamlets social services my role encompasses wide-ranging duties and responsibilities, including tasks from other medical and social disciplines. For example, working on health duty requires me to triage needs to reduce long term pressures on the service. I have a veritable mix of caseload with 20+ adults – some with profound disabilities, some with mild LD and individuals with mental health difficulties.
Health Care Assistant
Children's Hospice South WestDec 2012 - Aug 2016 ( 3yrs 9 mos)
Health Care Assistant working with children with life limiting conditions. Here I developed my foundations in the art of nursing, attention to detail and person-centred, holistic care. Working in an emotionally charged environment helped me build my passion and resilience. it showed me the value of quality, dignity, attentive care and the significance of ‘getting it right’ building trusting and supportive working relationships.
The League for People with Disabilities, Maryland, USAJun 2011 - Sept 2011 | Dec 2011 | Jun 2012 - Sept 2012 ( 9mos )
I spent 9 months across summer 2011 and 2012 working in America at accessible summer camps that were adapted so that young adults with intellectual, neurological and physical disabilities where able to fulfil the traditional experience of going to summer camp. This was a life changing experience where I learned the richness of uniqueness, diversity and inclusion and that everyone should be treated equal no matter what their differences. It taught me the importance of individuality and I feel it really defined me as a person – what and where I want to be in life.
Senior Practitioner, Assistant Team Leader and Support Worker
National Autistic SocietySep 2004 - Dec 2012 ( 8yrs 4mos )
I began my employment, aged eighteen, in a medium secure 24-hour residential school working with children and young adults on the autistic spectrum with associated conditions, complex challenging behaviour and others with physical needs. These seven years became my foundations for learning disability knowledge. Using this knowledge, influencing skills and role modelling I educated, guided and supported the young people to develop their own independence and reduce the impact of any impairment that could limit their social inclusion. I helped them develop to overcome personal barriers, developing long term interventions and strategies to overcome their differences.
Just my educational background
Masters module, Sexual Health and Contraception, Passed2019 - 2020
Master’s module course in Sexual Health and Contraception – qualifying me as a sexual health advisor. This continued learning provides a valuable skillset to my work and should lower the risk of safeguarding incidents. For example, I’ve already developed a teaching programme around Sex and Relationships which has delivered to 15 adult males.
BSc (Hons), Learning Disability Nursing, 1st Class with Honours2015 - 2018
The University delivered a robust modernised three-year, full time programme which gave a balance of classroom theory and skill lab assessments with rotational practical placements.