How did you start your career in health?
Wanting to gain experience and make sure midwifery was right for me; I began my health career working for two years as a Volunteer Doula in Hull for the Goodwin Development Project before going to the University Of Hull to train as a midwife. After successfully completing my studies, I gained employment in Lincoln where I worked as a rotational midwife across all areas of the maternity services for several years. Following some personal life changes, I moved to Burnley and came to work at East Lancashire Hospital Trust in 2017 as a Team Midwife working in Burnley Birth Centre and the surrounding community where I realised just what a special trust it is to work for.
How did you reach your current position?
In September 2018, I was successful in getting my current role as Practice Development Midwife, which had been a long term goal of mine and I love it. I have always loved midwifery and education, so to combine the two elements in one job is proving to be rewarding and satisfying in lots of ways! I have been able to utilise all of my midwifery skills as well as develop my passion for standing in front of people and helping others to grow. I also love the supportive side of my role and have recently undertaken a Mental Health First Aid course and an A-Equip course in preparation to becoming a Professional Midwifery Advocate in order to support my colleagues in maternity services.
Who or what has been your inspiration?
I have worked with some amazing midwives over the years and many have inspired me to work hard and make a difference. My mentors in Hull were amazing as was one of the midwifery lecturers at Hull University who inspired me to strive for excellence in teaching as well as midwifery. She taught me to never give up on my dreams and to keep moving forward with my career. She also taught me not to hide my ideas and talents and be creative wherever possible, something which I strive to do every-day! Learning should be fun!
What advice would you give others on reaching their potential or embarking on a career in health?
Never give up on your dreams. If someone tells you NO then find out why and turn it into a YES!
Always be kind. Working in health can be hard work at times and a kind word can go a long way when you’re working longs shifts and supporting people physically and emotionally.
What does 2020 #YearoftheNurseandMidwife mean to you?
It’s nice for our professions to be in the spotlight! Sometimes it does feel like we are forgotten and unseen when we all work tirelessly to care for people when they are at their most vulnerable. As my role is all about supporting colleagues and helping them to be their best I see how amazing midwives are on a daily basis, it is nice to see that the wider public has a chance to see how fantastic we all are too!
Favourite quotes of all time
There is a voice inside of you
That whispers all day long.
“I feel that this is right for me,
I know that this is wrong.”
No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
Or wise man can decide
What’s right for you - just listen to
The voice that speaks inside.