Based in: Leicestershire
Clients: throughout the UK
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
- Registered Sick Children’s Nurse
- Care of the Dying Patient and Family (931)
- Teaching qualification City & Guilds 7307
- Counselling certificate – Leicester University
- Member of the Royal College of Nursing and the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH)
Avril trained at a large teaching NHS hospital in Leicester, gaining both adult and paediatric qualifications. Having qualified as a nurse in 1976, she initially worked within an NHS hospital, both in adult and paediatric settings, including respiratory and oncology care. As well as this, Avril has the following experience:
- Caring for Children with life limiting and life-threatening conditions.
- Managing / coordinating / implementing complex packages of respite / continuing care.
- Project management and investigations including NMC referrals and witness attendance.
- Tracheostomy / Ventilated care.
- Terminal / End of life care.
- Managing People - including recruitment, selection and retention of staff.
- Health and Safety – risk management of patients and staff.
- Teaching health care tasks – voluntary / social / education settings.
- Safeguarding supervisor.
- Working with ‘looked after’ children.
Working as part of a team, Avril developed a specialist service, “Joint strategy with Social Care” from inception to present date. This service currently employs seventy members of staff. Avril’s skills for this includes:
- Implementing the service
- Developing the service
- Managing teams including training non-health care workers
- Member of the steering group for evaluating the service
- Facilitated the parent user group and worked with parents to establish areas for developing and improving policies to enhance care.
Avril has twenty years of experience in community settings including the home environment and residential respite care homes for children / young people with a range of complex disabilities and life limiting and life-threatening conditions, including cerebral palsy and terminal illness. She has worked in collaboration with social services, education and voluntary sectors to assess, plan and implement care, utilising organisational policies / procedures to formulate individual and bespoke care plans. Avril’s expertise lies in coordinating, implementing, and then managing complex packages of care and support for clients with very high levels of need and fluctuating need.
Avril has a special interest in patient and staff safety. She is currently an active member of the health, safety and security group. In the past, she has delivered training as a cascade trainer for manual handling.
Avril is married with three children and five grandchildren who she supports continually as well as being actively involved with voluntary community work. In her spare time, Avril enjoys walking and going on holidays.