Our main focus “In the End..Care” is that we love to provide bespoke specialised
end of life care training to suit all services, disciplines and experience.
This is why we created the Circle of Life Board Game and continue to develop
new training resources to make learning fun and enjoyable
RGN, DN, BSc Palliative Care, PGCHE,
Dip Prof Studies, Dip Reflexology
After I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1988, I had a keen
interest to improve the assessment and management of pain,
especially for those approaching the end of life of their lives.
I gained various different experiences in oncology, surgery and
medicine alongside undertaking the ENB 931 (Care of the dying
and families), ENB 998 (Teaching and assessing) and the N18
(wound management) and voluntary training courses to be
able to work in the community and then undergo the District
Nursing Course. After establishing myself as a District Nursing
Sister, I was seconded as a Hospital Macmillan Nurse achieving
my ultimate goal of becoming a Specialist Palliative Care Nurse.
This fortunately led onto a permanent role for 10 years where
I was able to formally set up the service also providing breast
care advice and work alongside a Palliative Medicine Consultant
and several local Hospices. During this time I embraced end of
life care (EoLC) in a hospital setting despite being “community”
at heart and developed a new leaning towards teaching.
To support this, I undertook and completed a Palliative Care
degree (BSc) whilst working part-time in-between periods of the
births of my three children.
When we, as a family moved locations, I worked as a Community
Hospice Specialist Palliative Care Nurse but was thirsty for
change management and further teaching. Thus I was able to
be seconded as a Gold Standards Framework Facilitator and
thoroughly engaged myself in encouraging fellow colleagues to
change practice through teaching and “thinking outsidethe box”.
During this time I was fortunate to also work as an End of Life
Care (EoLC) Lead for (old) NHS South West.
An opportunity arose to work on the EoLC Strategy for NHS
Gloucestershire CCG and to work with the National EoL
Programme now known as NHS Improving Quality. I am now
the Lead for the South West Regional Network for EoLC
Facilitators and other associated projects. I have now been
seconded to work for the South West Strategic Clinical Network
as a Quality Improvement Lead for EoLC as well continuing my
work for the CCG.
Teaching through formal and informal sessions, meetings and
events has been an essential part of what I do, to change
practice in order to improve care for the patient and family.
I have written a chapter in “A textbook for Community Nursing”
on “Providing quality in EoLC” and now have undertaken the
“Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching” to formalise what I have
previously “learnt on the job”. I qualified in reflexology and
massage to ensure the caring element is not lost and provide
treatments in my spare time in-between caring for my three
(now older) children and one husband alongside the
menagerie at home.
RGN, Diploma in Palliative Care
I was a 'late starter' to nursing having first qualified as a British Horse
Society Assistant Instructor, owning my own and working with horses
for several years.
I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in1988, working for the
majority of my career in the Community Hospital setting. I added to
my knowledge and skills by undertaking further training which
included the English National Board (ENB) courses for ‘The continuing
care of the dying patient and the family (931)’; ‘Psychiatric Aspects
of General Nursing; ‘Teaching & Assessing in Clinical Practice(998)’.
I also gained my City & Guilds competencies for training and
assessing candidates undertaking their National Vocational
Qualifications and gained my Diploma in Palliative Care in 2001.
My passion has always been to care for the dying person and
their family and ended my full time career as Matron of two
Since then I have been working as an End of Life Education
Facilitator across all settings with the majority of my time being
spent working with staff within care homes. I enhanced my training
skills further by gaining the Chartered Institute of Environmental
Health’s Level 3 Award in ‘Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong
I was also a key member of the team which developed a county
wide Advance Care Planning document which has now been
adopted by Trusts across England.
My time away from work is spent with my horses, both dressage and
more recently carriage driving which has been a roller coaster event.
I still enjoy teaching children to ride including my own grandchildren.
I am keen to train in 'fun' way where learning will be embedded and
not forgotten as can often happen with a more traditional approach.
This has stemmed not only from my whole working life but also from
enjoying the company of the children who I teach to ride using games
and laughter to learn to ride without them realising they are doing it.