Staff career stories - Anna
A career story of taking many exciting leaps - from qualifying as an adult nurse 17 years ago, to stepping into leadership and strategic support roles, to becoming interim head of children, young people and family services.
What made you decide to work for Dorset HealthCare?
I first started working for Dorset HealthCare in 2005, after being lucky enough to gain employment as a Community Staff Nurse after qualifying from UWE Bristol as an Adult Nurse. Having been a qualified nurse for 17 years now, 14 of these I have been worked within various roles at Dorset HealthCare! I've particularly loved working at the Trust all these years because of its strong emphasis on the provision of place-based, person centred care and the variation of roles that can be undertaken. Your career never has to stand still, if you don't want it to.
Have you had many opportunities to grow personally and professionally here?
There's been a lot of opportunities. Since qualifying as a nurse in 2005, I completed a BSc Advanced Nurse Practitioner degree as well as the Independent and Supplementary Prescribing qualification and then went on to complete an MA in Advanced Practice. In 2018, I successfully gained a place on the Consultant Practitioner Development programme (frailty pathway), with Health Education England (South East). This required undertaking placements across the Wessex region within acute hospitals and with Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group proving excellence across the 4 pillars of consultant practice.
When the Covid-19 pandemic arose, I was redeployed from the Consultant Practitioner Development programme to undertake the leadership of the Discharge to Assess model within Dorset County Hospital, before returning to the programme to undertake a placement with Dorset HealthCare, supporting the design of a pathway to help people with Covid out of hospital and in the community.
In December 2020, I became Covid Services Manager for Dorset HealthCare (as well as commencing a self-funded MBA with Warwick Business School), responsible for operational leadership of the mass vaccination centre in Bournemouth. As the vaccination programme evolved, I took on strategic support and leadership of vaccinations to inequalities groups and the healthy 12-15 year olds. In December 2021, I took on my current role, and qualified as a Consultant Practitioner in February 2022.
"Working within a community trust really does provide unique opportunities for self-development and unique experiences across different sectors and services that you don't get elsewhere."
Which aspects of your role do you enjoy the most?
In my role as Interim Head of CYPF Services I am passionate about the provision of excellent care to populations of people and I love the combination of operational leadership whilst also having strategic influence with stakeholders. The role also allows be to act as an advocate for the children and young people of Dorset and my teams. It's a privilege to support my service managers to develop and maintain their services and to appreciate their worth and abilities.
What would you say to someone considering applying to work at Dorset HealthCare?
I would encourage anybody to take up employment here. Working within a community trust really does provide unique opportunities for self-development and unique experiences across different sectors and services that you don't get elsewhere.