Post graduate Certificate in Professional Practice
Qualified Best Interest Assessor
Registered Nurse – Mental Health Branch
Having qualified as a mental health nurse in 2010, I currently work within a community adult mental health team, having previously worked in inpatient mental health services, for a specialist community mental health team, leading discharge support. I have also worked for the clinical commissioning group as a continuing healthcare decision maker. I have completed DoLS assessments locally.
I am passionate about ensuring that I provide person centred, evidence based and thorough support to those clients I work with. I hold particular emphasis on promotion of autonomy in care, ensuring the voice of my clients is heard and challenging infringements of this.
I completed my study of the Mental Capacity Act in practice in 2017 to qualify as a best interest assessor as I am particularly interested in promoting effective application of the MCA in my practice to support the care of clients, appreciating its upmost importance in promoting choice.
Consideration of capacity in care and choice has spanned across all my work experience and that I take in to consideration when supporting all clients that I work with and their individual circumstances in keeping with the Mental Capacity Act. I have experience in considering capacity and best interest in areas spanning housing, finance, care and treatment.
I enjoy learning and updating my skills and knowledge and I am always seeking new learning opportunities to enhance my care and support of clients. I am currently involved in undertaking research with Bournemouth University around the mental health needs of the BAME community and we are working in partnership with local community members in order to work toward improved culturally sensitive care.