I started working in Mental Healthcare in 1986. I started my nurse training at De Montfort University in 1995 and qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 1998.
I spent the first part of my career working in Psychiatric Intensive Care, with individuals whose mental health had deteriorated to the point that they were no longer able to keep themselves safe, or who because of their mental health problems had become a risk to others. During this time, I completed a BSc in Mental Health Nursing, with a focus on risk assessment and education.
Following this I worked with people who were suffering from drug or alcohol problems. This encouraged me to look more at the methods people used to cope with stress in their lives and to promote the healthier options.
In 2004 I started working for the Crisis Resolution Team, visiting individuals with mental health problems in their homes and attempting to avoid admission to the mental health unit. I have developed a deep understanding of how mental health problems affect the individual and their families and how these can be best supported. I have long believed an understanding of the current difficulties, together with a focus on achieving wellness is the most effective way to recover from a mental health difficulty. I believe that the best person to lead this recovery is the individual themselves and that the role of the nurse should be to support, encourage and advise. I have a wide range of experience in many therapeutic approaches and can use these to support and advise the individual and their carers. I qualified as an Independent Nurse prescriber in 2011 and have been advising on and prescribing medications since this time.
From 2013 – 2016, I qualified and worked as a Health Visitor within a busy multicultural city. My work with families at this time involved advising on caring for the child, family and infant mental health, Domestic violence assessment and advice, FGM education and monitoring, and safeguarding.
I returned to mental health nursing in 2016 and have continued to work both within and outside the NHS. Alongside working within a busy community team, I have been focusing on how families are affected by the mental health problems of a family member and have been actively looking at ways of supporting families and preventing the problems caused by concern and stress often suffered by carers.
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