Biography, Skills, Knowledge & Experience

After recognising my specific interest in child protection I secured the post of Named Nurse Safeguarding Children in 2005.  Following on from this I became the Team Manager for the Safeguarding Children Team, Health Team for Looked After Children and the Sudden Unexpected Death In Childhood (SUDIC) Service. During this time I successfully completed a Masters Degree in Child Welfare and Protection at Huddersfield University and further developed my management and leadership skills.

I then moved into a health commissioning organisation as a Deputy Designated Nurse Safeguarding Children becoming a Designated Nurse Safeguarding Children soon after.

I came to my current post of Designated Nurse Safeguarding Children in a different area in early 2012 working full-time until early retirement (and return)  in June 2018 returning to part-time hours.

Throughout my role as a Designated Nurse I have been a member of the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and have been the Chair of the Safeguarding Practice Review Sub Group (previously serious case review) for a number of years. I have extensive involvement in all multi-agency case reviews in the area and a number of Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs). I was the Deputy Chair of the DHR Standing Panel in the area for a number of years and have been involved in all DHRs that have involved under 18s.  

I have worked with NHS England on local, regional and national initiatives and completed the NHS England Clinical Leadership in Safeguarding Children. I have been involved in every aspect of safeguarding children and partnership working and have given a little more information on the ‘Services’ page.

I have been involved in a number of CQC Inspections. Following the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection of ‘Children Looked After & Safeguarding’ in my area of work their report noted strong, visible safeguarding leadership”.

In June 2019 I was awarded the title ‘Queen’s Nurse’ for continued commitment to improving standards of care in the community and to learning and leadership.

Returning to my post on part-time hours has allowed me to offer my services as an Independent  Consultant. I am committed to providing a high quality service and achieving customer satisfaction.

I started nursing over 40 years ago and since qualifying as a state registered nurse (SRN) I have enjoyed a very varied & interesting career. Some of the fields of nursing  most notable are;

- General Nursing in hospitals and Nursing Homes both Private health care and NHS.

- School Nursing

- Midwifery Experience (I am not a midwife)

- Health Visitor training at Leeds University

- Health Visitor posts in Leeds, Wakefield, Pontefract and Grimsby

- Practice Nursing in particular, ‘Specialist Nurse in Minor Illness’ and ‘Specialist Nurse Managing Depression in General Practice.