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I undertook my adult nurse training DipHE at St Richards Hospital, Chichester with the University of Surrey in 2005. I qualified in 2008 and began working at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead. I initially worked on the specialist plastic reconstructive & maxillofacial wards, before moving onto the high-dependency ‘step-down unit’ (now known as Enhanced Recovery Area). In this unit I cared for patients undergoing major reconstructive surgery, such as breast reconstruction. During this time I undertook a part-time BSc(Hons) degree in Acute Clinical Practice specialising in plastic surgery and breast cancer. I have also done a Principles of Breast Cancer Care module (Masters) at the Royal Marsden. I obtained my current post as Macmillan Breast Reconstruction Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2012, I actually did my training with Pam Golton and have worked alongside her throughout my career at QVH.I have been trained as a micropigmentation practitioner since 2011 and run both NHS and private clinics. I am a trustee and secretary for the breast reconstruction charity Restore. I help to run the show & tell information events run by Restore every other month at QVH, I find being able to support women contemplating and going through breast reconstruction so rewarding. I am proud to work with such a wonderful breast team consisting of consultant plastic surgeons, secretaries, specialist nurses, and other allied health professionals who all have the same ethos and strive for outstanding patient care.
Areas of interest
Nipple and areola restoration; micropigmentation