Do you want to be a nurse?

With Deborah Spenser

Sunday 29th May

7-8pm at All Saints Church, Saxtead

So, you are interested in a career in Nursing?

Deborah has had an exceptionally wide ranging and diverse career in nursing. Graduating with a degree from Southampton University School of Nursing, she worked as a Staff Nurse at the Royal South Hants. Hospital, rising quickly to Night Sister responsible for the running of the whole hospital at night.

After taking the prestigious, ”Commission of Graduates from Foreign Nursing Schools” and Texas State Board Exams, she worked in the USA on a renal/Hematology/HIV ward at Bryan, Texas.

Returning to the UK she joined Addenbrookes Hospital as a staff Nurse and rose to be Anaemia Specialist and Vascular Access Coordinator, chairing The Anaemia Nurse Specialist Association as well as gaining a Diploma in Health Services Management from The Royal College of Nursing.

Deborah set up a new integrated clinic for Renal Genetics and was responsible for working with Consultants in Renal, Genetics, Urology and Biochemistry. Together the team developed new biochemical tests and she was named in two research papers.

Deborah returned to a clinical role as Senior Clinical Nurse for Renal Transplant and she became Divisional Nurse for Surgery & Transplant, at this time also gaining an MSc in Nursing from the Royal College of Nursing.

In 2011 she was seconded to become Clinical Learning Programme Manager for dementia in order to promote knowledge and communication skills in all staff across the Trust, working closely with Dementia Compass and the Alzheimer’s Society.

As part of the Government’s “Call to Action”, she trained as a Health Visitor, gaining a BSc in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, increasingly becoming involved in safeguarding and working with Looked After Children.

2015-20: Deborah became Lead Nurse for Looked after Children in Cambridge Community Services, managing the health Team and conducting health assessments.

During the Covid-19 crisis she was redeployed to the Covid-19 swabbing team for public sector workers, also working with some care homes to provide training in P.P.E. and infection control, and finally to vaccinating in care homes and with house bound patients.

Since last summer She has been back in her substantive post. As well as this remarkable career Deborah was married to a Cambridge Don with whom she had three adult children and was Churchwarden in her local church.