What made you want to become a nurse?
My Mum and eldest sister were both nurses and each of them had their own individual influence over my desire to work in the caring profession. I grew up listening to beautiful stories of hope and compassion with examples of how nurses can make a difference to peoples’ lives. The women in my family were very capable and dynamic and so on reflection nursing was always an obvious choice.
What attracted you to your current role?
I am enormously passionate about offender health and I am keen to make a difference leading and supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. The opportunity to raise the profile of prison nurses and improve the health inequalities that exist within this unique population has been the driving force. The challenge has been managing a successful transformation at HMP Liverpool and creating a whole system change.
Who has had the biggest impact on your career?
So many brilliant people have impacted on my career choices – but I once looked after a patient when I was working as a Substance Misuse Specialist in New Zealand and he left a profound impact on me, having overcome significant trauma and a lengthy prison sentence. I understood in that moment the difference compassion could make and recognise this as a pivotal moment.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
It has a bit of everything and runs at pace. It is a unique specialism on one hand but transcends so much of nursing care on the other, much in the same way a community health centre does. Specifically, caring for patients with such complexity, acute presentations of mental health, substance misuse and physical health allows me to work at my very best.