After qualifying as a nurse from St George's hospital in London, I spent 5 years working with people with HIV/AIDS in hospital in the community and in Kenya. I was then part of the Nottingham Cancer Clinical Trials Team for four years where I became acutely aware of the need for greater emotional and psychological support for people with cancer and their families and carers. Maggie's ethos embraces everything I believe to be essential in providing this support.
I joined the team at Maggie's Nottingham as Benefits Advisor in the first half of 2012.
Upon graduating with a degree in Social policy and Administration, I began work as an advisor within a neighbourhood Advice Centre located on The Bestwood Estate, Nottingham.
Following this I was responsible for running a project predominantly aimed at increasing benefits take up for older people in the north of Nottinghamshire whilst employed by Age Concern Nottinghamshire.
Immediately prior to joining Maggie’s I was employed as a Welfare Rights Officer for Nottinghamshire County Council based mainly in the north of the County and working within Social Work district and hospital teams across Nottinghamshire. I now have almost 20 years experience within the area of welfare rights and benefits.
Cancer Support Specialist
I trained as a nurse in 2002 after many years of working as a care assistant in a wide range of health care settings. Following my training I began my career in a specialist palliative care unit in Nottingham, where I worked for eight and a half years. Initially my work was all based on the ward until took on the role of the palliative research nurse and divided my time between the ward and research.
Working at Maggie’s is a privilege, being able to support people at any stage of their journey and enable them to find friendship and comfort in a calm and homely environment where they can feel safe. I feel it is vital to their emotional and psychological wellbeing.
Good Nutrition is the cornerstone of good health and being able to support the body through treatment for cancer by eating well is very empowering. Nutritional messages from the media can be very confusing, so I am very pleased to be able to help cancer patients at Maggie’s make tempting and beneficial food choices. I hold bi-weekly educational workshops with the chance to try out some new tasty foods.
I have a background in scientific research and trained as Nutritional Therapist following a long spell of personal illness. I am a member of BANT and am registered with the CNHC.
Maggie's Centres can be found in the following locations:
- South West Wales
- Hong Kong