Location: West Sussex
Coverage: Southern England
Katie is an experienced registered Nurse with extensive knowledge and skills gained from both clinical and managerial settings. Katie qualified as a registered adults Nurse and spent several years working in a specialist neuro-surgical intensive care unit where she shift-led a team of nurses and carers looking after critically ill patients following acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury and those with poly trauma. Whilst working in Critical Care, Katie was part of the team that gained recognition, coming second place out of 400 nominations in the prestigious Proud to Care Awards 2014. As a Case Manager, Katie manages adults and children who have sustained an acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurological conditions or other complex physical injuries.
Katie later worked as a Brain Injury Support Manager, coordinating the community care of clients in the post-acute phase of brain or spinal cord injury. This allowed her to gain an in-depth insight into the rehabilitation of clients following such catastrophic injuries, and helping identify their support needs and goals. Within this role, Katie completed in-depth assessments, care plans and risk assessments for clients, and played a lead role in multi-disciplinary team (MDT) meetings. She was responsible for completing supervision and appraisals of care and support staff, as well as the coordination of shift cover for packages. Katie was also tasked with re-designing the brain injury training given to new members of the care team, which she completed and also delivered on a monthly basis, always receiving positive feedback. Within this role, Katie also created and delivered spinal cord injury training.
More recently, Katie has been a Care Quality Commission (CQC) Registered Manager, responsible for managing both a 45 bed neurological conditions nursing service and a 10 bed autistic residential building. Katie is committed to ensuring that the individuals she supports have the best standards of care and are given every opportunity to fulfil their own potential, by using a person centred, quality focused approach. Katie has always worked within the brain, spinal cord injury and neurological conditions speciality as this is an area she is incredibly passionate about.
Throughout all of her roles, Katie has developed excellent communication skills and an awareness of the importance of effective communication both with the clients, their relatives, and multi-disciplinary teams.
After qualifying as a Nurse, Katie spent a number of years undertaking further training to gain specialist knowledge and understanding of her chosen speciality. This includes a university accredited Acute Clinical Practice course and Neurological Patient Care course, the university credits gained through these courses are eligible for conversion into a BSc.
Katie is a member of the Royal College of Nursing and The British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM).