About A PIONEER

Pioneering Change

I trained in Nursing in the 1970’s and, after working extensively in both Renal Medicine and Intensive Care, became  Ward Sister in an Orthopaedic hospital. The ward specialised in the more complex spinal operations, such as lumbar and cervical osteotomies, and teaching formed an important part of my role. Patients came from as far afield as the Arab Emirates, so Culture and Diversity were a necessary part of Nurse Education.

I have fifteen years experience in Community Care, and of writing one of the first Community Care Plans in Scotland. The last five of these years were spent developing my role as a Care Coordinator. This pilot project  delivered care and accommodation to a severely disabled and ventilated patient, assisting with the development of High Dependency/Intensive Care in the Community model.

Over the years I trained thirty staff to the requisite standard. None had a background in nursing.

The pilot demonstrated that Community Care could be carried out at a High Dependency/Intensive Care level. It helped take the strain from the NHS and proved cost effective.

The benefits for the local community manifested themselves through employment creation and education – through the engagement of long term unemployed confidence was fostered. All staff left for higher positions.

More recently I was trained by Strathclyde Police as a Disability Advisor. I have also responded to Government Consultations individually, or as a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow Lay Board.

I have worked with the “Safer Use of Medicines” Group with Greater Glasgow Health Board, and have been asked to take part in further research.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

Social Work Department: Pilot Project: 1978-1982

For four years I worked with two extremely disturbed teenagers as a Professional Foster parent. Despite the children being taken respectively from a “List D” and a “Special School” they both achieved main stream schooling, and went on to further education and employment.

Initially, I was involved in the support of other Professional foster carers through listening, suggesting and problem solving. As I became more senior,I was requested to speak on a regular basis to those who wished to consider this option and to teach others who had chosen the same path.

During this period I was trained by SACRO as a Counsellor, and worked for them on a voluntary basis

My main interest is the creation of an Empowerment Centre–where everyone contributes and patients/clients become the teachers.

EDUCATION

Registered General Nurse , Glasgow. Orthopaedic Nursing Certificate,Edinburgh.

At Glasgow University I have studied for:Diploma in Community Care ;Taking Care of Older Buildings:  Democracy and the Citizen: MSc. Clinical Leadership – ongoing.

Voluntary work

On a voluntary basis I worked as Secretary to the Council of Churches, Church Elder, and frequently Church Organist.

I was fundraiser, navigator and tour nurse to a party of ninety people from a deprived area of Edinburgh who wished to present a musical extravaganza in Assisi for the World Wildlife Fund. It was a great success, and the local area basked in the reflected glory for some months.

I helped to organize a local epilepsy group for peer support and arranged lectures, meetings and counselling.

Today, I  work closely with local voluntary groups.

Hobbies include empowerment, writing and history.

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