Supportive • Nurse • Aspiring Beekeeper •Bohemian Biker Babe
I have been a bit of a nomad in my nursing career, in that my experience has been varied since qualifying as a general nurse in 1982. Although I was lucky enough to have worked with individuals with a physical disability prior to commencing nurse training, I would say that my learning really happened once I registered. Over the past 33 years I have been privileged to work, learn from and be with some truly inspiring people, who have enabled me to keep true to my belief in great care coming from the heart.
I joined DCM in April 2015, having collaborated with them in previous roles over the past 20year. My most recent post as Director of Dementia Services with Barchester Healthcare saw much of this collaboration translated into practice as I was responsible for redesigning, defining and driving the dementia care programme. This included developing their university accredited training programme. In this role, I was also invited and relished contributing to national programmes and strategies, including the Dementia Action Alliance, The Dementia Pledge, and the SCIE Dementia Gateway.
My role in DCM is to support and enable culture change in dementia care and to work with organisations and individuals in achieving this.