How did your career in nursing begin?
My career in the NHS started in January 1999 as a support worker at Soho Hill day centre, providing care for adult service users in the Handsworth area. After two days, I was asked to help out in the Handsworth Assertive Outreach Team (HAOT), who were based above the centre.
My role in HAOT continued until March 2000 when I was one of 10 applicants successfully seconded by the trust to complete nurse training at Birmingham City University over three years. Then I returned to HAOT as a D-grade and progressed over five years up to an F-grade, converted to a band 6 later.
How did you progress from there?
In 2008, I successfully applied for a job as a band 6 care co-ordinator with the early intervention team. I worked there for around five years before successfully applying for the team manager position within the Trust’s Solihull Early Intervention Team (SEIS). This March, I secured a secondment to assist with the setting up and development of the Solar (CAMHS) crisis team alongside managing my current team.