Clinical nurse Specialist, Adolescent Transition
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust
I have been nursing near 25 years in a variety of different specialities, such as ENT, Cardiac, and Thoracic. However, for the past 21 years I have had the pleasure of working within Hepatology and Liver Transplantation. Although my career aspiration was to be a Macmillan Nurse, my career took on a different path when on a few occasions in the outpatients department, I noticed young people looking lost and not able to find their way around the department. Unknowingly the young people and their families became my primary focus, and I was able to help them through the outpatient journey.
In June 2009, I was successful in getting the substantive post as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adolescent Transition, and have not looked back since. I work cross site between the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with young people 11 – 25 years old.
The Transition Team is made up of:
• Clinical Nurse Specialist
• Registered Nurse
• A youth Worker
• A Psychology Practitioner
Our aim is to support young people as they navigate their transition journey from paediatrics to adult care, to engage them in the service and ensure they have a smooth transition. I have found working in Hepatolgy and Liver Transplantation challenging but rewarding, as I take the young person from ‘I’m not bothered’, to ‘I’m running out of meds’, ‘when is my next appointment? as I haven’t received a letter in the post’.