Palliative & End of Life Care: Supporting Patient Choice
- 08:30 - 17:00
- The Royal National Hotel, London
This year has been a transitional year in my career pathway thus far moving from a post in the field of learning disabilities to achieving my long term goal of working full time within Specialist Palliative Care. Firstly, on secondment to Royal Derby Hospitals Specialist Palliative Care Services in a development post to now my new role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Specialist Palliative Care Community Outreach team for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Prior to this change, as a RNLD I have always worked with the field of learning disabilities most recently in the role of Primary Care Liaison Nurse (formally known as Learning Disability Health Facilitator) for Mansfield and Ashfield (Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) and previously as a Community Learning Disability Nurse with an integrated health and social care team. In these posts I was involved in various projects and initiatives aimed at improving the health and access to services of people with learning disabilities. An area of interest of mine has always been end of life of life care for people with learning disabilities and am proud to say that I am the co-leader for a project on that subject that received a ‘Highly Commended’ Award at the Nursing Times Awards 2011 and the project was also a finalist in the Mediplex Awards 2011. This project and my personal interest lead me to study on the Masters Course in Supportive and Palliative Care at Sheffield Hallam University of which I am now near completion. Another project which I co-lead is ‘Spot On’ which excitingly won the Learning Disability Nursing category of the Nursing Times Awards in London 2014.