Our Consultant Nurses
Our team of Consultant Nurses provide professional nursing leadership, clinical expertise and supervision to our nursing staff around the country. Based regionally, they are on hand to support nurses within the workplace.
Consultant Nurses have worked hard to become experts in their field and build their leadership skills. They promote evidence-based practice and support training to develop professional knowledge, while providing advice and boosting morale. This ensures that our clinical teams feel they are being supported to develop and provide the best possible care.
The role of our Consultant Nurses is ultimately to provide supportive and innovative leadership to shape our services and support our teams. This means that the people we care for can have a high quality of life, with the most choice and independence possible.
Gary Docherty - Scotland
Gary has worked as a learning disability nurse for over 20 years, so brings a huge amount of experience to his role as Consultant Nurse for our Scottish services. He has a great deal of knowledge of transition services, which he passes on to our teams to support people to move from hospitals to living within the community.
Gary is passionate about improving care and supporting people with learning disabilities in all environments, including within prisons where people’s needs may not be identified and met. Aiming to change this, Gary developed a ‘blueprint’ for supporting people with learning disabilities within a prison environment, which is now used in over 50 prisons in 10 different countries.
Our teams in our Scottish services praise Gary for his knowledge on all things learning disability. He has had a number of research articles published and pending publication, and is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour. A number of organisations outside the company also come to Gary to make use of his knowledge and experience, including the Positive Tracks service and SOLD (Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities) Network in Scotland, as well as the cross party Learning Disability group at the Scottish Parliament.
Vickie Peters - North East
Vickie has worked with people with learning disabilities and autism for over 20 years, with experience of working within NHS and private services.
Vickie qualified as a learning disability nurse at York University in 1999 and has a particular interest in supporting people with associated mental health and personality disorders. Vickie’s aim is to reduce the health inequalities that can exist and be a barrier to good health and wellbeing for people with learning disabilities.
Vickie is trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and is a Behavioural Family Therapist. This training means she has the skills and knowledge to support our teams in the North East to care for people with Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) techniques. Vickie also has an MSc in Transformational Leadership, demonstrating her desire to be a positive role model for our North East Service Managers.
Vickie shares her knowledge whenever possible, presenting at various regional and local conferences on a variety of topics relating to supporting people with learning disabilities in a positive way.
Amy Childs - Midlands
Amy has worked for us since qualifying as a nurse in 2006 and has progressed quickly up along her career pathway. Prior to her promotion to Consultant Nurse, Amy was the Service Manager of Wast Hills Specialist Autism Hospital. In this role she led her team to a fantastic 'Outstanding' rating with the CQC and multiple award nominations and wins as a team:
Great Autism Practice Award (Winner) – National LD and Autism Awards 2016
Outstanding Adult Services (Finalist) – Autism Professional Awards 2017
Making a Difference Award (Finalist) – National LD and Autism Awards 2017
Team of the Year Award (Finalist) – Nursing Times Awards 2017
As Consultant Nurse, Amy is now working with all services across the Midlands region to ensure all the teams are working towards providing support at the same outstanding level.
Amy enjoys sharing best practice in the field of learning disabilities and autism, and has given lectures at a university and a hospital.
Amy’s hard work and passion for her role has been recognised at multiple award ceremonies where she was shortlisted for or won several awards:
Nurse Leader Award (Finalist) – Nursing Times Awards 2017
Senior Manager Award (Winner) – National Learning Disability and Autism Awards 2017
Rising Star Award (Winner) – Laing Buisson Awards 2017