Coverage: Western and Southern England
Sally is a highly experienced registered Nurse with over 30 years’ practise gained in a range of clinical, training and managerial roles. As a Case Manager Sally is committed to ensuring that the individuals she supports have every opportunity to live as fulfilling a life as possible. She can draw on her depth of knowledge and experience to advocate for individuals and their families who have been affected by neurological and polytraumatic injury.
After qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 1987 Sally worked in a wide variety of clinical settings including acute medical admissions and occupational health within a large factory environment. Since 2001 Sally has specialised in working with adults who have sustained brain injury, spinal injury and other complex orthopaedic or neurological conditions. Sally has gained extensive experience in working with individuals in the post-acute phase of their rehabilitation through to discharge into the community or to a longer-term placement. As a Ward Manager, Sally led and enabled the multidisciplinary team to work in a creative, person-centred manner to ensure the rehabilitation process met the unique psychological and physical needs of each individual
In 2007 Sally was awarded an International Travel Scholarship by the Florence Nightingale Foundation. She travelled to the neuro-rehabilitation hospitals in New York, Denver and Ottawa to study the role of the nurse in an interdisciplinary neurological rehabilitation team. She subsequently presented a paper to the Foundation and was awarded Florence Nightingale Scholar status. Sally used the skills and knowledge she gained from this study to inform her approach to working with clients from a variety of backgrounds. She introduced several novel approaches and systems to the multi-disciplinary team that have now been fully integrated into service delivery. This experience led to Sally developing a role as a Brain Injury Specialist Nurse. In this role Sally worked closely with service users to identify and access community reintegration and vocational opportunities and she played a lead role in delivering rehabilitation training to all grades and disciplines of staff.
In 2012 Sally was promoted to a senior Clinical Service Manager post within Glenside Hospital for Neurological Rehabilitation. This was a key management role with operational responsibility for 140 neurological rehabilitation beds across two sites. Sally was responsible for the delivery of all rehabilitation services to a high standard in addition to providing clinical leadership and expert clinical knowledge to a range of healthcare professionals. Sally held the Safeguarding Adults Lead role for the organisation and was part of the management team that achieved a fully compliant inspection from the CQC.
During this time Sally was a finalist in the Laing & Buisson Independent Specialist care Awards in the Brain Injury Rehabilitation category for a certificated life skills programme for brain injured individuals, a project she designed and implemented. Sally has further consolidated her skills and knowledge having passed with distinction an MSc in Brain Injury Rehabilitation from the University of Birmingham in 2013.
Sally is a member of the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers (BABICM), United Kingdom Rehabilitation Council (UKRC) and the Royal College of Nursing Neuroscience Forum.