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Victoria Sweeney

BNurs(Hons) RNChild

Case Manager
Based in: North Hampshire
Clients: In and around London and the South East

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

  • BNurs (Hons); RNChild
  • Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC): Registered Nurse - Children (part 15). Pin:94Y0549E
  • Royal College of Nursing: Associate Membership - Number 1795465
  • ENB approved Registered Children's Nurse.
  • ENB approved Programme completed for the intensive care Nursing of Children (415).

Previously Victoria was also registered on the Nurses Registration Board for New South Wales (RN1747306).

She was also previously registered on Nursing Council of New Zealand - Registration number 156047.

EXPERIENCE

Victoria successfully completed her four year Children's Nursing Degree at the University of Birmingham in 1998. Birmingham, with its diverse multicultural population provided her with a broad experience base in looking after children from very different social and cultural backgrounds. Victoria is experienced in managing the following:

  • Spinal injuries all levels. (Paediatric).
  • Traumatic Brain injury (Paediatric to include / High Level Physical Functional Difficulties /Cognitive difficulties /Vegetative state / Minimal Awareness.
  • Cerebral Palsy. (Paediatric)
  • Respiratory diseases - Various to include acute and chronic conditions
  • Tracheostomy / Ventilated children.
  • Learning disabilities. (Paediatric)
  • Orthopaedic Injuries. (Paediatric)
  • Severe, Chronic and Life Limiting Health Needs
  • Life Threatening Conditions with Multiple and Complex Needs.
  • Immunology, bone marrow transplant and infectious diseases (paediatric).
  • Cardiology and Congenital heart disease (paediatric).
  • Epilepsy
  • Victoria is knowledgeable in regard to the following:
  • Development of Transitional Goals.
  • Statement of Education Appeals. (EHCP)
  • Recruitment of specialist support workers.
  • Discharge of employer's responsibilities on behalf of the client.

Following completing her training, Victoria chose to move to London to start her nursing career and spent her first year consolidating her training working as a staff nurse on a general paediatric ward with a 4-bedded High Dependency Unit attached.

She then moved on to work at Great Ormond Street Hospital on their cardiac high dependency and heart transplant unit before specialising in paediatric intensive care.

Victoria gained a wealth of experience nursing children with a very broad spectrum of conditions, ranging from head injuries and neurological conditions, to oncological and infectious diseases, burns, plastics and spinal surgery to neonatal prematurity and congenital abnormalities.

Following her love of travel and desire to work overseas, Victoria completed a six-month contract at Westmead Children's Hospital in Sydney where she worked in their Emergency Department.

From Sydney, she then went to New Zealand where she worked part time on a NICU at the Women's Hospital in Christchurch.

Victoria continued to work on PICU, NICU and CICU at Great Ormond Street as a bank nurse following her return to the UK, before then taking a career break for maternity reasons. On returning to work, Victoria chose to work on an immunology and infectious diseases ward (Robin Ward) at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

More recently, following re-locating to North Hampshire, Victoria has worked as a nurse in a number of special schools for children with additional needs. She has been part of a team stretching across various multi-agencies and professionals such as teachers, social workers, occupational therapists, dietitians, physiotherapists, community paediatric nurses, learning disability nurses and consultant paediatricians.

Victoria has been actively involved in child protection cases as well teaching staff members and being a resource in such areas as epilepsy, anaphylaxis, and gastrostomy feeds. She has led Team Around the Child meetings, assisted with medicals and generally acted as an advocate for children with special needs and their families.

Victoria has used this valuable knowledge and experience base to embrace her career in paediatric case management and has now been working in this field for over two years. In this time she has formed trusting and lengthy professional relationships with her clients and their lawyers and has worked hard helping them to achieve their goals. Victoria has a wealth of experience to draw from in helping families meet their needs within the case management area.

PERSONAL PROFILE

Victoria has been nursing since the age of 23 and is passionate about giving patients the high quality care that they deserve. She works well both within a team and as a lone worker, where she has learnt to be self-directed and self-motivated and therefore very accountable in managing her caseloads.

She is a good communicator and is a good organiser of people. As a mother of three children, Victoria has first-hand experience of the challenges faced by parents and so she can empathise with some of the problems and challenges parents may face.