Wendie Clinkscale - Wider Workforce Lead Trainer
After leaving my job of 24 years as a lecturer in Further Education, I joined NUH in December 2018 as a Health Care Assistant working on Fraser Ward, female oncology, City Hospital. Despite no previous experience in healthcare, I soon settled into my new job using the experience and transferable skills I had gained from many years of employment. The team on Fraser were fantastic and so supportive. Many of the patients were at end stage of their illness and receiving palliative care. Being able to play just a small part in supporting them at this difficult stage gave me a great sense of satisfaction. The days were long and hard work but my job seemed easy compared with the challenges the patients faced on a daily basis. Their strength and determination was such an inspiration.
In February 2021, with some sadness, I left my Fraser ‘family’ to start work with the Institute of Care Excellence as a Wider Workforce Trainer supporting Apprentice Health Care Assistants. This work allowed me to use my teaching and assessing skills, share my healthcare experience and good practice to teach, support and mentor new apprentices both on their wards and with the diploma qualification.
In January 2022, I accepted a secondment to become Wider Workforce Lead Trainer.
I am a proud recipient of a TULIP Award.
I am a member of the Institute of Care Excellence Shared Governance Council.
Jennifer Pooley - Practice Educator for Wider Workforce
I joined the private healthcare sector working as a support worker with young adults with physical disabilities and associated learning disabilities. I absolutely loved the job and found it very rewarding. It was the people I worked with that suggested I should become a nurse.
I completed a BSc in Adult Nursing with the University of Nottingham in 2010 and started my nursing career with Sherwood Forest Hospitals working in colorectal surgery for 5 years. With a passion for supporting student nurses in practice, I completed my Supporting Practice Learning module with the University of Nottingham.
I moved to NUH in 2015, working in the Emergency Department before moving to the surgical High Dependency Unit. Following the critical care rotation programme, I moved to adult critical care at City Hospital. With a passion for supporting learners and new starters, I was part of the Practice Learning Team.
In 2020 made a move into ICE in the WWF team, looking after HCA recruitment, induction and retention. I am the Care Certificate lead for the Trust. In 2022 I completed my Practice Teacher Module with the University of Derby.
I am passionate that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential, and this job allows me to give others, what was given to me…direction, support, opportunities and self-belief. I am here to find, create and give access to new opportunities for our non-registered workforce.
Zorena Anderson - Practice Educator for Wider Workforce
I achieved a BSc in Adult Nursing at the University of Leeds in 2013 and since qualifying as a registered nurse, I have worked at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) predominantly within Heart Services at the Trent Cardiac Centre at City Hospital. I was attracted to NUH as they offered a rotational post to newly qualified nurses and a preceptorship programme that I would not have been offered had I stayed in Leeds. During my time at NUH, I have found that there are lots of opportunities for Continued Professional Development, which I have found to be instrumental in progressing to my current role as an Institute Practice Educator, with a focus on the Trainee Nursing Associates programme.
Laura Appleton - Practice Educator for Wider Workforce
After finishing University in 2013 I had no idea what I wanted to do! I knew that I wanted to work in healthcare though so I started working at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) as a Food Service Assistant on B49. After about a year I moved to the Emergency Department as an Emergency Department Assistant and then as a Clinical Support Worker. When I found out the nursing bursary was going to be cut I decided I should get my nurse training done! I completed my GEN qualification in 2019 and went to work in the surgical Step Down Unit at the Royal Derby Hospital. After a year-long re-deployment to ICU I came back to NUH as a Research Nurse with the Obstetrics and Gynaecology team. I recently started in the Wider Workforce team as a Practice Educator on a 12 month secondment. I really enjoy being involved in education and development and hope I will be able to make a positive difference for our HCAs coming into the Trust.