I’m a Registered Mental Health Nurse with over 30 years experience within the NHS. The majority of this time I worked within the communities in inner London. I have worked with people experiencing long term, serious and enduring mental health difficulties, as a Care Coordinator and also in managing a service for people experiencing First Episode of Psychosis.
I have worked alongside British Transport Police in setting up a pilot project to link vulnerable people with local services who were on the railways at risk of suicide and assessing people thought to be suffering with mental health problems who were detained in Police custody.
I have undertaken training with the Tavistock Centre on ‘The psychodynamics of mental health practice’, which is focused on developing the capacity to understand, process and thoughtfully respond to intense and complex situations in day to day work.
Using my experience and skills, I have worked with EASL as a sessional worker since 2012, providing mental health input and support to Winter Night Shelters, which involved assessing clients presenting with mental health and emotional difficulties as well as supporting Night Shelter staff, and providing Reflective Practice to a variety of staff groups, supported accommodation projects, and commissioners, including facilitating debriefs when staff teams have experienced a serious incident.