What an amazing year, as the glorious summer gives way to a cosy autumn I have been reflecting on the past and mapping out the future in respect of my career. After much deliberation I have just completed my intention not to revalidate with the NMC. I found this really difficult, although I will of course always be a nurse and can apply to join the register again if circumstances change. I am proud of my many achievements and indeed I remain immensley proud to be a nurse.
End of Nurse Training Set 337 West Birmingham School of Nursing 1979
Final day in the NHS 2013
The decision to leave the NHS was taken reluctantly however at the time I felt compelled to do so as I had reached the end of what I could accept within the organisation I was part of. Working as an independent consultant was a somewhat daunting prospect however I felt I had a great deal still to offer. I was able to facilitate record keeping training, leadership development, service development and contribute to an elearning programme in relation to children and young people with additional needs. In addition to this there was the fabulous #HVweek where my IT skills and endurance were tested to the max!. Working closely with Dave and Jane was a particular highlight and the Welsh conference which kicked the week off was a fantastic day with great feedback from delegates and speakers alike.
The consultancy indeed proved to be daunting although ultimately rewarding and enriching both in terms of the variety of work undertaken, collaboration with colleagues and learning and personal development.
The exciting new role I have just taken on is at a local Independent Boarding School where I will be one of three on call matrons. The post is a caring one for pupils who require attention in the school medical centre overnight and at weekends. Whilst there will of course be ‘nursing’ and administration of medicines the role does not require a nursing qualification with the job outline focussing on the pastoral nature of caring for pupils.
I will of course continue to attend local UNITE health branch meetings and support colleagues in Gloucestershire as the CPHVA representative in the branch. In addition I have applied to join the board of trustees of the CPHVA Education and Development Trust who oversee a range of awards for research, projects or engagement in professional and/or academic study to enhance public health practice. The trust was created to fulfil the wishes of Dr Ian MacQueen, who was medical officer of health in Aberdeen and a Vice President and Trustee of what was then the Health Visitors’ Association (HVA). Dr MacQueen believed passionately in the contribution that health visitors make to the health of a population, especially in public health, and he wished to support this work and also reward individual community practitioners for work that demonstrated excellence. These are very much in line with the values that have shaped my practice recognising colleagues who drive practice forward, provide supportive feedback and demonstrate leadership by being a role model and empowering others.
I enjoy reading healthcare blogs and contributing to debate on social media this I will continue to do , in addition I am excited to join colleagues at the Annual CPHVA Conference in Bournemouth next month catching up with many friends and contributing where I can although not on the main stage!.
CPHVA 2016 with Jenny delivering a plenary session.
Whatever the future holds its been a blast. Onwards and upwards as I once reflected .