Lucy NHS70

Specialist Community Public Health Nurse

A few years ago a colleague told me that I was ‘too kind’ - can you ever be too kind? I think not, that’s why we do the jobs we do.

I started my nurses training straight from school in 1992 in Birmingham, and have worked as an adult trained nurse in a variety of settings including emergency medicine, coronary care, infectious diseases, NHS Direct and am currently working as a Health Visitor.

I joined Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT), as a Registered Practitioner in 2012 in the Mid-Sussex health visiting team, and qualified as a Health Visitor in 2014. I currently work in the Worthing East Healthy Child Programme team.

I love my job, I work with amazing colleagues who support each other and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. I remember the induction day for the Trust very well, and recall hearing the word ‘compassion’ which was a word that I hadn’t heard in my previous job for a long time. I try to be compassionate everyday - towards families I am working with, staff and my friends and family.

Professionally the NHS has given me stability and an opportunity to grow and develop my career. It has given me the opportunity to study again; I never thought I was academic enough to complete a degree. My particular interest is breastfeeding support, and I worked as a volunteer helping to the run the breastfeeding support drop-ins ‘Milk!’ before becoming employed by the Trust.

Currently I have an additional role as an Infant Feeding Advisor which I love, and I recently won the ‘Milk!’ Gold Award which was great as I felt my hard work and dedication to breastfeeding was formally recognised. There is nothing better than supporting a mother through difficulties with breastfeeding, resulting in a successful breastfeeding relationship.

I am proud to work within a Trust that has an accredited Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative status, which allows me to support parents in forming loving and close relationships with their babies.

Personally the NHS has given me life. I was born prematurely at 29 weeks, and back in the 70s, I wasn’t expected to survive. It has supported me in giving birth to my own children, and has provided free, accessible health care to my family and friends when they have needed it. I met my husband through working in the NHS and I have lived in different areas of the country through work.