Teresa worked as a registered nurse with older people for over 12 years before moving in to clinical education, looking after newly qualified staff through their preceptorship period.
Having qualified as a registered nurse in 2002 from Homerton School of Health Studies, Teresa worked in acute care, community care and private care settings with older people. Initially, Teresa undertook a registered nurse role on a department of Medicine for the Elderly before returning to the community trust as a staff nurse in the community hospital. This gave her vast experience working within a nurse-led environment at a time when the beginnings of major changes were beginning to impact in the primary care setting. She progressed up to the role of ward manager, during which time she undertook her degree in Health Studies.
Teresa then went to work in a private nursing home as Deputy Manager, and stayed in this role for 15 months giving her an insight in to private healthcare and the challenges it can pose and the different guidelines and legislation it involves.
She decided to upskill back into acute care and moved to Cambridge University Hospitals as a junior sister on Acute Medicine for the Elderly. This was a particularly enjoyable role as the team she worked with were proactively striving to improve care and discharge processes. Whilst on the unit Teresa was lucky enough to lead on student experience and learning, and undertook her PGCert in Medical and Healthcare Education. She was seconded for a short amount of time to senior nurse for an older people’s medical ward.
Teresa then moved on to work with a team of Senior Nurses looking after professional roles and support. Her specialisms included preceptorship, mandatory training and NMC revalidation. She completed her MSc in this role.