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Su Chantry

BSc(Hons) OH SCPN Dip HE RGN Queens Nurse

Vocational Health Consultant and Case Manager&l
Based in: Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Clients: throughout the UK

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

  • BSc (Hons): Occupational Health Nursing (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing)
  • RGN: General Nurse, St Thomas' Hospital, London 1990
  • Registered Vocational Rehabilitation Case Manager and Occupational Health Nurse
  • A member of the Association of Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners
  • Queens Nurse
  • Freeman of the Guild of Nurses
  • A member of CMSUK

EXPERIENCE

Su is an enthusiastic, vastly experienced and dedicated nursing professional who has been nursing since 1990, specialising in occupational health nursing from 2009. She has undertaken the full OH remit to public and private sector clients, including case management and sickness absence, ergonomic work station assessments, risk management and health screening as well as health surveillance in relation to workplace chemical and hazards risks.

Su is experienced in:

  • Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • Conducting Evaluations and Assessments of Work Skills and Capacities.
  • Occupational Health.
  • Work Place Risk Assessments.
  • Managing Complex Cases.
  • Drawing Rehabilitation Programmes to facilitate Return to Work.

Su is professionally qualified with a First-Class Honours BSc in occupational health nursing. She has considerable experience working with clients facing complex barriers to employment. She regularly visits the workplace where she undertakes risk assessments as well as engaging with managers and employees. She has hands-on experience in evaluating work skills and capacities and formulating dedicated vocational plans. Su is qualified to handle complex cases by ensuring that every aspect of diagnosis, plan development and client placement is handled in a professional manner. She can create and implement plans to rehabilitate clients according to their physical and mental conditions.

In 2015, Su led on a health strategy which identified her influencing role in health management within an organisation, highlighting key features of the occupational health nursing role.

Su demonstrates expertise in performing thorough evidence based practice and research activities. Through her clinical experiences, she has developed a portfolio career which incorporates practitioner work and research. Su has recently published a vocational rehabilitation case study for an occupational health journal - S. Chantry and A. Harriss (2016) Case Study Guillane-Barre Syndrome Occupational Health and Wellbeing 68 (8) 27-30.

Su is a visiting lecturer at London South Bank University teaching occupational health students. She is committed to developing and contributing to community public health strategies delivered in the workplace and has recently been awarded the Queens Nurse award in recognition for her commitment to high standards of practice and patient-centred care in occupational health. Su is a role model in occupational health leading by example and has recently been interviewed for an article published in the Nursing Times. https://www.nursingtimes.net/break-time/role-models/its-my-role-to-represent-occupational-health-nurses/7014747.article

Su has excellent interpersonal skills and relates positively to clients in diverse situations. She has worked with employers, service providers and agencies from a diverse range of backgrounds at all levels to provide information, advice and guidance on all aspects of employment retention, diversity and good practice. She is able to see issues clearly, is willing to look 'holistically' at problems in order to obtain the best (and quickest) result for all concerned and is considered to be an excellent reflector with great communication skills.

Su is described as being warm, animated and effusive and after many years in nursing, her professional confidence enables her to gain people's trust and respect very quickly. These personable qualities have been an important cornerstone of her clinical practice. She has the personal qualities necessary to achieve any goal, no matter how demanding it might be. Su is energetic and committed and has inexhaustible self-discipline and motivation.

PERSONAL PROFILE

In order to embrace her love for travelling, Su had the pleasure of working as cabin crew for Virgin Atlantic for ten years. During that time, she was involved in managing a medical emergency on board a flight; as a result, she was awarded the Cabin Crew of the Year award. This is an award presented by Richard Branson to crew he recognises have gone above and beyond the call of duty representing his company in a positive way.

Su took a career break and undertook voluntary work in a wildlife education programme called Chipembele Wildlife Trust, for three months, based in Mfuwe Zambia. She assisted with local health provision as well as working in the field with employees on the reserve. She assisted with community maternity services during her visit, sharing her midwifery knowledge with the local childbirth assistants. Su continues to be active in her participation with the organisation.

Su has been invited to South Africa to speak at a Women’s forum on SAFM radio programme in Cape Town on the role OH have in supporting women in the workplace.