Head of ATCoRS & Registered Nurse
I first qualified as a Nurse from the University of the West of England, Bristol in the year 2000 and went on to work for North Bristol NHS Trust. I then moved back to the Isle of Wight and over time have held the following positions; Senior Children's nurse, Clinical Lead, Resuscitation Officer and Deputy Sister. I am a member of the Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) and I am a qualified Advanced Adult, Paediatric and Neonatal Life Support Instructor.
I routinely teach on advanced life support courses mainly at Southampton General Hospital and when I can, still work clinical shifts in the Emergency Department here on the Island. I chose to move into Education because of my desire to make a difference to community patient care and if possible even help avoid hospital admittance. Since moving to the Ambulance Service I have completed my Certificate in Education and Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment qualification.
ATCoRS was formally set up in November 2012, since then we have achieved so much. I feel immensely proud knowing we hold a 100% satisfaction record for our teaching. We all take great pride in the service we provide to the Island community; not only with regards to our professional training but also the placement and maintenance of Island defibrillators. This is all made possible thanks to the income we generate through our training. The whole team is extremely passionate about providing high quality, evidenced based teaching to our community as we know first hand how much it can make a difference.
I initially joined the Isle of Wight NHS Trust in 1998 as an auxiliary nurse working across many different departments. Subsequently I became a member of the Ambulance Service in 2004, initially working as a First Responder with the Patient Transport Service and progressing to Emergency Vehicle Operative during 2011. During this period I also became a First Aid at Work Trainer and Movement Advice Support Team Member.
I have provided Manual Handling and First Aid Training for a number of years, to both hospital and community learners. In 2014 I consolidated my teaching practice and now hold a level 4 PTTLS qualification (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning sector). As well as teaching first aid, I also provide first aid cover at planned events.
I am proud of the high quality, friendly and down to earth training that I am able to supply as a result of my years of NHS experience and continual training.
I have been a first aid provider in the catering and manufacturing industries for over twenty years. I first joined the Ambulance Service in 2012. After completing an instructor course and achieving my level 4 PTTLS course (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning sector) I now teach first aid as well as provide first aid cover for planned events. I am also a defibrillator 'super user' for the IW NHS Trust and provide essential servicing and maintenance for the hundreds of defibrillators we have placed on the Island.
Throughout the year I work a small number of clinical shifts in the Emergency Department during those short times I see how community first aid can really make a difference. I feel very proud to be part of the Ambulance Service and the ATCoRS team. I have great satisfaction in delivering an expert service that benefits our local community.
I have worked for the NHS since 1990 when I began my career as a cardiographer in Ashford, Middlesex. I have also worked at Heatherwood and Wexham Park, both within the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust before joining the Cardiac Investigation Team within the IW NHS Trust. During this time I gained a great deal of cardiological experience including ECGs, 24 Hour Holter Monitoring, Exercise Tolerance Testing. I also undertook RCUK Advanced Life Support training and attended in-hospital medical emergencies.
I became a member of the IW NHS Ambulance Training & Community Response Services Team in February 2016 and achieved my first aid and PTTLS qualifications soon after. I feel passionately about helping others through education. Our teaching can potentially save lives and as part of this we actively raise public awareness in the importance of readily available defibrillators within our community. As well as training I also provide first aid cover for planned events.
I have a background of 15 years of business administration, sales and management within the travel/airline industries. More recently, I have worked for the Isle of Wight Council assisting with event management.
In 2011 I joined the Ambulance Service providing vital administration required to run an ever growing, busy department.
I answer the majority of phone and email enquiries/bookings plus administrating our courses; sending out certificates and equipment as required. I hold the Emergency First Aid qualification and assist the team at planned first aid event cover. I provide personal, clerical support to the Head of Department and help to co-ordinate the community defibrillator scheme.