District Nursing Specialist Practitioner Pathway
V100 Prescribing (for specialist practice)
I qualified as a staff nurse in 1996 after spending a year working as a HCA in a nursing home. My early years in nursing were spent in rehabilitation on a post-acute 34 bedded mixed unit on the old L block site of the then Royal Bolton Hospital.In 1998, I was involved in the planning and implementation of the post-acute stroke unit where I worked for the next year.
In 1999 I moved to Bolton Community Care services as a staff nurse on a district nursing team. Having progressed to band E, I decided to apply for the District Nursing Specialist Practice course and qualified in 2003 at Manchester Metropolitan University and was based in North Manchester. I worked as an F grade sister and champion for the Trainee Assistant Practitioner course, for one year then moved back to Bolton following a promotion to team leader. My role evolved with Agenda for Change and I became a band 7 District Nurse and Active Case Manager, caring for patients with chronic conditions, working in the South of Bolton.
In 2007, I applied for and achieved a post with NHS Bolton as a Specialist Trainer, responsible for some Mandatory training, clinical skills and Leadership at the Point of Care. I completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching, Learning and Assessing at the University of Bolton in 2004. I was then asked to take on the role of Back Care coordinator and Moving and Handling Trainer, in preparation for this, I attended a master’s degree programme at Loughborough University qualifying in 2013, with a qualification in Back Care and Management.
The reorganisation of NHS services in 2011 and the transition of community services meant that NHS Bolton merged with The Royal Bolton Acute Hospital to form Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. During this change, I was awarded the post of Mandatory Training and Skills Lead responsible for the management, implementation, review and audit of mandatory training within the organisation and leading the team to support delivery. I started at Bolton University in September 2013 as a Senior Lecturer for the Specialist Practice District Nursing and Prescribing programme.