Specialist Support Services Lead, Consultant Nurse & Clinical Advisor
I am a qualified registered nurse (LD) with over 35 NHS years’ experience. I have 18 years management experience, including the management of a NHS Assessment and Treatment Unit and Team Leader of a NHS Specialist Community Challenging Behaviour Service. I also have 6 years’ experience working within MH and LD Commissioning, including 3 years as an acting service manager in commissioning.
My experience, in the main, is of supporting service users (children and adults), who’s behaviours present a significant challenge to service provision. I have always kept myself updated and completed an MSc in Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviour. In addition, I have also completed training in specialist risk assessments (HCR-20; SVR-20) and psychopathy diagnosis (PCL-R), including reliability. I have completed the BTEC Level 5 in PBS and I was a senior PBM (ABMU) trainer for over 15 years. Other relevant training includes advanced person-centered planning facilitator course and a diploma in epilepsy (in addition to attending many day training courses and conferences throughout my career). I remain an active member (since inception) of the Wales Challenging Behaviour Community of Practice.
I am extremely motivated to combine my clinical expertise and experience with improving the knowledge of those I come into contact with. I have previously had links with Pembrokeshire College and provided training to those undertaking the Advanced Certificate in Learning Disabilities. In addition to previously being an internal verifier for the BTEC PBS qualifications, I was also a previous member of the BILD physical accreditation panel and a BILD associate trainer. Other positions have included being a member of the Dyfed Powys Research ethics committee and Wales research activity groups.
Having recently retired from the NHS, I was looking for a role where I can continue to utilise my skills and improve my knowledge and to support and improve the knowledge, competence and confidence of others I come into contact with. I have high standards and a sound values base, which matched perfectly with the ethos of M&D Care. My goals remain the same as when I first qualified; that is the measurable improvements in the quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities and/or mental health needs and/or Autistic spectrum disorder; ensuring a least restrictive, outcome focused and co-productive relationship between service users and service provision.