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12 May 2018 Care

This Nurse developed new skills to help people with dementia

Wendy Fitzpatrick is an auxiliary nurse, supporting people with life limiting illnesses in Kirkwood’s Support & Therapy Department. This Nurses' Day, we want to celebrate some of our amazing colleagues.

#ThisNurse… developed new skills to help people with dementia

A former teaching assistant, Wendy has been at Kirkwood for three and a half years. It’s a role that suits her down to the ground, as she explains.

“I actually came to nursing later on. I used to work as a teaching assistant, so I was still supporting people, but just in a different role.

“I saw an advert for an auxiliary nurse here at Kirkwood and it instantly jumped out at me. I thought ‘I can do that!’

“I am now caring for and supporting people with palliative care needs. It’s a role that really suits me.”

Wendy has developed a strong relationship with fellow auxiliary nurse, Christine, since coming to Kirkwood.

“My colleague Christine has been a great support for me since I’ve been here.” said Wendy.

“We support each other well and really complement each other too.”

Wendy (right) with colleague Christine Reynolds in the gardens at Kirkwood.

 

Wendy has recently completed a Level 3 Dementia and End of Life training course, a big achievement. She is now putting her newly acquired skills to good use for the benefit of patients and colleagues.

“The course has been really good for my development and has given me new tools to support people who we look after in Support & Therapy, some of whom have dementia.

“I have also been able to share my knowledge and the things I have learned with the team.”

The Support and Therapy team at Kirkwood support people with lots of different illnesses and Wendy is proud of care they provide.

“We support people in lots of ways here at Kirkwood, and psychological support is so important. I really like being able to support people in that way.”

If you’d like to find out more about our Support and Therapy department and the services it provides, click here.

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