Community teams staff stories

Dev
DEV
PROACTIVE CARE TEAM LEAD

I’ve received extensive career development and support through the appraisal and supervision process. I joined the Proactive Care service in West Sussex in 2013 as a Senior Physiotherapist.

My career development is very important to me and I wanted to focus my development around leadership. I’ve attended many internal and external leadership training sessions and courses supported by Sussex Community.

In 2016 I was promoted as a Team Leader for the Worthing Central Proactive Care Team – I work with a great team of professionals.

Grace
GRACE
DISTRICT NURSE, PROACTIVE CARE

Once I became a Community Sister I applied for a secondment to undertake the Community Specialist Practice Postgraduate Diploma at the University of Brighton. The Trust and the placement team have been great in supporting me to complete this part-time course over the past two years – I qualified as a District Nurse in June 2017. I now have advanced physical assessment skills, I’m now a Community Nurse prescriber and I’ve developed my leadership and case management skills. The Trust is also supporting me to complete a dissertation in September so I can achieve a full Master’s degree.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with three different community nursing teams where I have learnt many skills and met many interesting people. I work with a fantastic team and we support each other – they nominated me for Employee of the Month in February which I won.

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Iain
IAIN
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST, COMMUNITY NEUROLOGICAL REHABILITATION TEAM

I started my career at Sussex Community in August 2013 as a Band 5 Occupational Therapist. I also joined the Bank shortly afterwards to cover additional shifts with other teams which helped me to build my skills and experience in working in different clinical settings, whilst also earning some additional money. By February 2014 I was promoted as a Band 6 Occupational Therapist working with people in their own homes to support their neurological rehabilitation following acquired brain injury e.g. through stroke, accidents etc.

I’ve been able to set up and run a successful fatigue management group, I’ve lectured at Brighton University on Occupational Therapy and Parkinson’s Disease, and supported new OT graduates in preparation of being qualified – supported ‘Questions and Answers roundtables’ for students. I love working with people.

Maureen
MAUREEN
HIV COMMUNITY NURSE SPECIALIST

The provision of high quality care is important to me and my team so I keep up-to-date with the ever changing and expanding good practice of HIV care in the UK and globally.

The Trust offers and facilitates a range of professional development – I’ve accessed 6 modules at levels 6 and 7 with the University of Surrey through Health Education England funding. With support from the Trust, I have attended HIV nursing conferences in Barcelona and Leeds.

Multidisciplinary and multi-agency work is crucial to ensure the holistic needs of each patient we care for are met to provide the best health and care outcomes.

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