You may have read that one of the ways the government plans to tackle community transmission of infections, and to prevent avoidable hospital admissions this winter is to appoint Clinical Lead Nurses in social care settings.
We are proud to say that this is a step we had already taken.
Our Clinical Lead Nurse is Sally Ridley, a highly experienced nurse with
a background of management in community care. She is on-hand to offer expertise and advice, as well as perform care reviews, welfare checks and clinical observations. She’s also our Infection Control Lead.
Sally began her training back in 1976. During her long career in healthcare, she has worked in acute medicine; renal; rehabilitation; palliative care and community nursing. As well as dementia, brain injury and mental health specialist nursing homes.
She established Nightingales Golden Care back in 2002, after seeing the issues within the care industry, whilst working as a District Nurse. Sally set out to make a difference.
Drawing on both her clinical experience and her BSC degree in disability studies, she gave Nightingales its client-centered, re-enablement focus.
“Being able to bring those traditional nursing values and being able to support people to maintain a level of independence in their own home is why we do what we do. We don’t plan to be the biggest, just to provide a great service to as many people as we can.”Sally Ridley – Clinical Lead Nurse
Whilst Sally has always been on-hand to provide support and expertise, the increasing complexity of service delivery has meant Sally has become more and more involved clinically.
Her experience means that she is ideally placed to monitor the quality of care being offered, as well as investigate and help develop solutions to problems. Working alongside our brilliant team of carers or providing additional training as and when it is needed.