Tell us a little about you?
I completed a BA in History from Aberystwyth University in 2006, and then spent some time travelling before going back to train as a Children’s nurse at Kingston University. I received my qualification in 2011. I’ve always had a particular interest in respiratory (lung) conditions and have cared for children within tertiary, secondary, and now primary care. I realised that nursing was my true ambition.
I’m happy and relaxed when I’m on a train with a good book and a cup of coffee; travelling the country to see my family and friends, especially my two little nieces. I also enjoy going on holiday to new places with my husband, going to the cinema, and seeing a West End show.
How do you see the role?
My main aim when I meet families is for them to feel confident with managing their or their child’s asthma. I enjoy talking to children and young people about the importance of learning about their bodies and recognising when their asthma isn’t under control.
We see far too many children and young people who have accepted that poor health is part of their life, and I see my role as someone to challenge that and help them to realise they can have a healthy and happy life, despite their asthma. A lot of what I enjoy about being within the community is supporting families to work through obstacles which can hinder their child’s health. Health care isn’t about a one-size-fits-all approach, and I’m proud that I’m part of a team that really believes in finding different ways to support families to manage their children’s health.
What is your hope for the CYPHP programme?
I hope the programme continues to evolve as the local population needs change. I would like to see us supporting more and more children and their families. It has been fantastic to work with other professionals across primary care and share knowledge. This is something we should continue to build upon.
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