What do you do for the Trust?
I am the genomics nurse for the Trust. Genomics is an area within genetics that concerns the sequencing and analysis of an organism’s whole genome. I’m supporting five trusts across the South West Peninsula to incorporate the use of whole genome sequencing into standard patient care, via the 100,000 Genomes Project. The project aims to help with the diagnosis, management and understanding of rare diseases and some cancers.
Why did you join the Trust?
I’ve always been interested in innovation and best practice, and when I saw the post for Research Nurse advertised back in 2010, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I worked for the Research Dept from 2010 until earlier this year, when I was offered a secondment to the South West NHS Genomic Medicine Centre, but based here at NDDH. Although this project is not in itself ‘research’, it is hoped that it will support future research by means of the bio repository it is creating, in addition to the data generated from the project, for future researchers.
What makes you proud of your job?
I’m proud to work for a Trust that supports the development of its staff and is innovative in the way it embraces new technologies and diagnostics. This, in turn, means that patients of NDHT are given the same opportunities and choices as patients across England.
I’m also proud to work alongside such supportive and friendly teams and departments – the staff at NDHT are fantastic!
What is your highlight from 2017?
I can’t think of one single thing, but the whole year has been pretty amazing.
What do you like the most about living in the South West?
I love the changing seasons – each one has its own beauty. We have the coast, the moors, lovely market towns and beautiful cities.
Favourite thing about the festive season?
Goodwill and friendship. Family gatherings.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – I read it every year in the run up to Christmas.
Will you be making a New Year’s resolution? If so, what?
I make resolutions all year through – I don’t wait for the New Year – and mostly I keep them…….