Twitter handle: @hattierocket
Patient/Carer or NHS Staff: NHS staff
Condition or job title: Lead District Nurse
With 17 years’ much loved experience in community nursing , 15 since qualifying as a Specialist Practitioner District Nurse, I’ve managed teams in different trusts, cities, towns and am able to compare city caseloads with rural. I’ve been in my current role as District Nurse and caseload holder since 2012, became a Queen’s Nurse in 2015 and am lucky to share the Lead Nurse role for our locality with another Queen’s nurse.
We work together allowing us to be involved in many projects in the locality including looking at different models of care and more integrated ways of working. This encompasses co-location with other health and social care colleagues, our locality working towards a community Hub, collaborating closely with those colleagues in virtual ward meetings and General Practice Nurses (GPNs)/GP colleagues in providing joined up and/ or shared care.
I’ve just completed a year as a participant of Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) Leadership programme, which has enabled me to make significant change whilst remaining in clinical practice. The main focus has been around improving continuity of care for the people on community nurse caseloads. I’m actively involved in encouraging other nurses and groups of nurses to be aware of the ground breaking work the QNI does, such as their many projects, resources and very importantly, influence on policy.
I’m a Practice Teacher and have had Specialist District Nurse students with me in practice from either Southampton or Guildford University for the last five years; I’m passionate about empowering and developing others.
I’ve a natural interest in service development/quality improvement/ embracing change in pursuit of delivering excellent nursing care; I’ve always welcomed opportunities to be actively involved with improving services. I have just started a yearlong post grad certificate in Older Person’s Care at Kings College London and will be focusing on person centred care.