An insight into the role of a Lead Nurse at Allied Healthcare

Posted about 4 weeks ago

“I would encourage anyone to go into nursing”. Those are the words of Jill Crowther, Allied Healthcare’s Lead Nurse Clinical Services – Yorkshire.

Jill started her career as a Care Assistant in a Care Home, and it was there that she was inspired to go into nursing. After Jill had her daughter, she applied to study at Huddersfield University where she completed her nurse training.

“I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I was inspired to go into nursing by others I knew, and had seen working in healthcare.

“I started to work as a Care Assistant in a care home and when I spent time working with the nursing team, it motivated me to do a nursing degree.” explained Jill.

After Jill qualified as a nurse in 2006, she started her nursing preceptorship at a health and welfare charity where she provided care to adults with long term conditions. During the 8 years she was there Jill progressed to a Staff Nurse, where she led a team of Care Workers, and then to a Clinical Lead.

As a Clinical Lead, Jill was responsible for a team of Nurses and care workers, writing patient assessments, and liaising with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGS) and other social care professionals.

She commented: “I loved my role as a Clinical Lead, I was able to continue to provide hands on care, whilst managing and mentoring a team of Nurses and Care Workers.

“After being at the charity for 8 years, I decided to leave and work as a Reviewing Nurse at a CCG but missed being involved with care planning and delivering nursing care and so when I saw the opportunity to join Allied Healthcare I applied.”

Jill joined Allied Healthcare in 2015 as a Lead Nurse, Clinical Services in Yorkshire. This role enables Jill to put all the skills from her previous roles into practice.

She said: “The role at Allied Healthcare is a mix of everything that I have done during my career. I like being in the community and working with people who have long-term health conditions.

“I have more autonomy in this role to plan my workload. I am responsible for building a care plan and care team for our clients as well as the recruitment and training of Clinical Care Workers.”

Alongside her Yorkshire nursing colleagues, Jill was involved with the development of the Allied Healthcare 3 day clinical training that is provided to Allied Clinical Care workers. The training was successfully trialled in the Yorkshire region before being rolled out nationally.

Many of the individuals that Allied Healthcare Care Assistants support have long term conditions such as Motor Neurone disease, Multiple Sclerosis and brain tumours who rely on constant support, so they can live a fulfilled life.

“It is so rewarding to see a client benefit from the care plan and care team I have created for them and watch our Care Assistants develop their clinical skills.

“If you are thinking about going into nursing, I would encourage you to go for it. There’s so many career opportunities including community and health visiting as well as working in a hospital setting,” added Jill.

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