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Mandy Williams is community learning disabilities nurse

Why did you become a nurse?

I decided at a very young age that I wanted to become a nurse. I am not certain whether it was from watching hospital programmes on the television or just wanting to help people.

How has your career developed since you started nursing?
I qualified in 1981 as a state-enrolled nurse and worked on orthopaedic wards. An opportunity came up in 1986 to move to orthopaedic out-patients. This worked really well as I was pregnant with my first child. In 1999, I completed the conversion course and became a staff nurse. This gave me the opportunity to broaden my nursing experience. I applied for a job in learning disability short-term care and got the post in 2000. I then got an opportunity to move across to the community learning disability (LD) team and started the initiative for LD screenings at GP practices. I was seconded to dental services two days a week to ensure service users had equitable access to community d

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