Staff stories

Claire

I’ve always been passionate about providing acute care outside of hospital and keeping patients where they would prefer to be – at home and in the community.

Hospital at Home has been an exciting and ground-breaking project in Brighton & Hove which started as a pilot and has been expanding. I joined as a Band 5 Nurse and within a few months I was promoted as a Band 6 Senior Staff Nurse. The team is young and dynamic and we’ve been able to set up new pathways to care for more people outside of hospital.

I’ve undertaken specialist heart failure training and I’m just starting the nurse assessment course.

Claire
Senior Staff Nurse, Hospital at Home
Dawn

I’ve worked for the NHS for thirty years and over that time I’ve seen a lot of changes and worked with some fabulous people.

I’m a trained mentor – it is so rewarding when I see students and staff learn, grow and develop into registered healthcare professionals.

Currently I’m involved in a new Foundation of Nursing Studies Project on Safety for Inpatients. Our team won an award for an innovative magnet system which visually communicates patients’ needs to staff from the Community Hospital Association.

I’ve recently been promoted to Matron at the Horizon Inpatient Unit at Horsham Hospital and still love my job.

Dawn
Matron, Horizon Inpatient Unit, Horsham Hospital
Dev

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.

Dev
Proactive Care Team Lead
Elizabeth

It’s really important that NHS staff get recognised for the compassionate and innovative care that they provide for their patients and for embracing new ways of working.

Over the past few years at Sussex Community I have been recognised for my work. I have won:

- The NHS Inspirational Leader of the Year 2015 at the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Leadership Recognition Awards.
- Winner of Sussex Community Sue Eckstein Award in 2015 for innovation and excellence in leadership.
- Mentor of the Year from the University of Surrey in 2013.
- Been part of Proactive Care since it started in 2012 – the team won Improving out of Hospital Services for Older People Award at the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network Expo and Awards 2016.
- Queen’s Nurse Award.

Elizabeth
Community Sister, Proactive Care
Mose

I’ve been with the Trust for under a year and I have been promoted to a Senior Nurse (Band 6) in my team. I’m due to start the mentorship programme to continuously develop my knowledge and skills further. 

Mose
Senior Nurse, Hospital at Home
Maureen

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.

Maureen
HIV Community Nurse Specialist
Grace

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.

Grace
DISTRICT NURSE, Proactive Care
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Iain

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.

Iain
Occupational Therapist, Community Neurological Rehabilitation Team
Manglesh

I’m a Team Leader at the Viking Ward at Crawley Hospital. I care for patients who are acutely unwell. My role brings many challenges but I also see the rewards – especially when I see patients discharged back home and who have regained independence.

I am an Infection Control Link Champion – I’m passionate in keeping a clean and tidy environment for patients and staff, and to avoid infection.

I am from India where I specialised in cardiac nursing.

Manglesh
Sister, Viking Ward, Crawley Hospital
Jo

I’ve had great support from the Trust. I’ve been supported to complete my BSc in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing; my postgraduate certificate of Education in Health and Social Care which I am a Level 4 Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) qualified Teacher. I’m currently being supported to complete my MSc in Health and Education which I’m aiming to complete my dissertation next year by undertaking some primary research.

I’ve had the opportunity to lead on some exciting and innovative service development projects including ChatHealth (enabling young people across Sussex to text their School Nurse for support) and a school readiness project which I wrote an article and was published by a professional journal. I was nominated for a Staff Achievement Award and Employee of the Month for my work in delivering ChatHealth.

Jo
School Nurse Practice Educator, Children’s Services

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