Q&A with a Danshell Consultant Nurse

Alyson TaylorWe've had a Q&A with one of our new Consultant Nurses, Aly Taylor, to find out how she's settling in and what she's enjoying so far about her role.


What do you do and how long have you been with Danshell?

My job title is Consultant Nurse. I joined Danshell in March 2017.


What attracted you to working with Danshell Healthcare Group?

The job description was wide-ranging in scope and had an interesting mixture of advanced clinical practice, leadership and governance, allowing me to use the full set of skills and experience I have gained over my career.


Tell us about the most enjoyable parts of working with the people you support.

I have loved working with people with learning disabilities since the day I was encouraged to try it out – I was working as a general nurse at the time. It is such rewarding work to support people who face many challenges to achieve their goals and to lead rewarding and productive lives.


Can you tell us about a typical day in the life of a Consultant Nurse

On a typical day I will base myself in one of our services, a hospital or residential home. I interact with the people we support, nurses, care and support staff and managers and help address any issues or concerns relating to care and treatment by giving advice or through role modelling. I may undertake an audit, clinical risk assessment, develop a policy, provide training in clinical skills, or contribute to reviews of care with the rest of the multidisciplinary team. My day might be planned at the start, but what I do often changes depending on the needs of the service I am working in.


Do you get to interact with families and carers?

Yes, both in formal care review meetings, and when family members visit their loved ones and I am working in the service that day. I also support service staff to meet with family members to resolve any concerns relating to care delivery.


Are there career progression opportunities at Danshell?

Yes, Danshell supports continual professional development, providing a wide range of in-house clinical and non-clinical training. Danshell also support access to external specialist training courses for personal professional development, or as a ‘train the trainer’ method – where one person is trained and then brings those skills in to the organisation to deliver it to other staff.


Can you elaborate on the team work and the environment you work in on a day to day basis?

I work with 6 different clinical teams from the services in my area. I am also a member of the team of Consultant Nurses, as well as the wider Danshell Governance Team. Each team is different in size, skill mix, location, and the environments in which they work, but every team is welcoming to newcomers, all are very hard-working and I have seen an enormous amount of commitment from everyone, whether it is a clinical team or the support centre team. It is evident that staff across the organisation share the same commitment to provide safe, sound and supportive care.

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