Based in: Dorset
Clients: In and around the South and South West regions
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
- Registered Adult Nurse (RNA)
- Nursing and Midwifery Council PIN: 17A1871E
- Royal College of Nursing Number: 21706754
- MSc Adult Nursing at Oxford Brookes University
- BSc (Hons) Applied Biology; Health at Bournemouth University
- Level 3 Certificate Care of the Individual with Spinal Injury
Thomas is a Registered Adult Nurse with experience caring for patients and their families within acute hospital and community settings. He has experience in the following areas:
- High Level Spinal Injuries (Adult).
- Respiratory diseases / COPD / Asthma.
- Learning disabilities (Paediatric and Adult).
- Elderly care to include Dementia.
- Palliative Care.
- Orthopaedic Injuries (Adult).
- Amputees (Adult).
- Dermatology / Eczema / Psoriasis / Acne / Skin Cancer (SCC, BCC, Melanoma) / Chronic Wound Management / Leg Ulcers.
- Diabetes Management.
- Tissue Viability.
Thomas manages the facilitation and planning of complex care programmes within the community, incorporating rehabilitation programmes, all tailored to each individual’s personal requirements through the forming of multi-agency partnerships, with the provision for carer breakdown, respite and client / carer holidays. Within this role there is also the need for patient / carer education, advocacy and support. Thomas has a special interest in spinal injury management at all levels.
For two years, Thomas worked with a specialist Spinal Injury Care agency as a live in personal assistant. Within this role, he developed into working as an advanced PA, often being sent to clients with specific needs and issues surrounding their care to develop solution focused resolutions.
Thomas left this role to further develop his skills and studied Adult Nursing at Oxford Brookes University at Master’s level. Throughout his training, he had the opportunity to work in a variety of specialist, acute and community based healthcare settings including being nominated to represent his University on the Erasmus exchange, which involved working and studying at a hospital in Valencia for three months.
For three years, Thomas also worked for Social Services as an intermediate care coordinator for the Out of Hours Service. Within this role, Thomas supervised the Intermediate Care team care workers and offered practical support out of normal office hours. Thomas also took referrals from members of the public, day team social workers and hospital staff as well as GPs and district nursing teams.
Thomas has supported service users outside of office hours in regard to implementing emergency packages of care, making referrals to appropriate teams if required and managed crisis situations until long term solutions could be picked up by day time services. He also managed safeguarding investigations with social workers and implemented appropriate plans to protect adults immediately at risk of harm. Within this role, Thomas worked with service users on a range of situations from carer breakdown, hospital discharges and avoiding hospital admission.
Thomas has also worked for the NHS Intermediate Care Team in Dorset as a Registered Nurse where he facilitated hospital discharges and avoided hospital admissions through implementing tailored support packages with Community Reablement Assistance as well as working jointly with Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists to achieve rehabilitation goals set by the person and their family at the centre of the situation. He has also worked within a District Nursing team providing ongoing care for long term health conditions, palliative care, and acute medical care with a wide variety of illnesses and conditions. All these areas required ongoing assessment of both medical and therapy needs, adjusting input as necessary whilst also providing continual support for both the client and their family.
Thomas was fortunate enough to have grown up in rural Warwickshire. Thomas has first-hand experience of a family member with a chronic physical condition and is able to draw on these experiences of complex family situations in his own practice to deliver both family and person-centred care, understanding the need for a flexible, responsive and individual approach. Thomas is committed to delivering an individual, solution-focused approach to all those he works with and aims to meet all challenges that are presented to him.
Thomas lives on the South Coast and pursues a variety of hobbies including reading and upcycling furniture. Thomas has a passion for cooking and likes nothing more than cooking for friends and family and making cakes for special occasions.