As many of you know, I have retired from my full-time post of Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist and hope to return in October to work part-time (20 hours per week).
I started my training in 1977 and have worked for most of the last 41 years in the NHS, apart from a three-year break when I studied history and archaeology. In 1977, there were no specialist nurse roles and computers took up a whole room and produced paper tape with holes in! Some things have been lost over the years. I used to wear a starched cap with bows, believe it or not, but the feeling that nursing is a vocation has gone. Would I do my training again…? Not sure. Would I be a Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist…? Absolutely, the best job in the world!
Back to the present, I will mainly focus on seeing people in my nurse-led clinics and will be available at the monthly Parkinson’s clinics with Dr Jackson. The other half of my job has been advertised and I am delighted to tell you that we have appointed Sarah Boddy, a nurse with a lot of experience of supporting people in the community and those living in nursing homes.
For the first few months, she will be working with me while she increases her knowledge of Parkinson’s, but she will be taking on most of the domiciliary visits after Christmas. I am very excited about working with Sarah and I think that between us we will be able to provide the best possible service to people with Parkinson’s in our area.