When did you start at Jersey Hospice Care?
I started at the end of 2014, so have been here almost four years. I was brought in to provide pharmacy support to patients and healthcare teams after Jersey Hospice Care was commissioned to provide leadership and education across the island for end of life care. Currently I split my time between Hospice, Jersey General Hospital and the community setting, working in the areas of palliative care and antibiotics.
How do you make a difference at Jersey Hospice Care?
I work as the palliative care pharmacist, providing advice and support about the use of medications to help manage patients symptoms such as pain and sickness. This can range from developing guidelines for use by healthcare teams across Jersey, to supporting education programmes for patients and professionals, or giving advice for individual patients with difficult to manage symptoms or complex needs.
What did you do before you worked here?
I have worked for the Jersey Hospital Pharmacy department as a clinical pharmacist since 2011. Prior to that I have been based at several hospitals in the UK and also overseas since I qualified in 2004.
What are your plans for the next six months?
There are opportunities to use IT systems to improve collaborative working between different teams and organisations, so I will be planning to make some progress on this in the next six months. I am also hoping to help expand some of our education programmes to support our colleagues when caring for patients at the end of life.
What do you enjoy most about your job and working for Jersey Hospice Care?
I like working closely with a range of other professionals, and having time to interact with patients on a one to one basis. The teamwork and friendly atmosphere at Hospice also makes the role very fulfilling.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
My partner and I have taken up running. We are in one of the Hospice relay teams for the Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon in October and are also entering a number of events later in the year, including a wine run (for a more relaxed option).
I love spending time with our dog, and we do gun dog training with him. I also enjoy taking part in some of the Hospice fundraising events and will be taking part in the Condor Ferries’ Dragon Boat Festival next week, which is always fun.