I am a paediatric Nurse by background and have held many posts in children’s acute and community nursing. In 2000 I was the first nurse in London to be appointed to work with looked after children, having been a strong campaigner and steering group member locally of the Quality Protects rollout programme. I am currently the Nurse Consultant/Designated Nurse for Looked after Children in Hammersmith and Fulham where I currently manage the Nursing team who deliver health assessments and health support to the population of looked after children. I am chair of the London LAC nurses forum and appointed steering group committee member of the Children and Young people’s Professional issues Forum of the Royal College of Nursing.
I was awarded the Nursing standard Child health award for Innovation and Excellence in the Field of Child Health in May 2009 and went on to win the ultimate accolade of Nurse of the year at the awards ceremony at the Dorchester in London in November 2009. Since then I have been at the forefront of developments in the field of looked after Children’s health, including radio and television projects, visits to health ministers and the Prime minister and collaborative work with the Who Cares Trust. I regularly present at national and international conferences, most recently at the Florence Nightingale Foundation annual conference where my work was highly commended by an expert panel of judges.
I have a strong interest in the subject of inequalities in health and life chances and made this the basis of my MA thesis. I obtained my MA in child protection and family support in 2004 following a three year course at the Tavistock center London, where I also worked as a part time clinical associate. I am an Independent Expert witness and a Professional Doctorate student at the Tavistock and Portman Trust. and a current Florence Nightingale research scholar and Care Quality Commission Specialist adviser.