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Clinical nurses providing nurse-led care. Redefining home care for complex needs.

Meet our nursing team, the experts in clinical care

The registered nurses in our nursing team come with years of clinical expertise and experience under their belts, enabling us to provide safe and personalised care for people with more complex healthcare needs.

The clinical care team works with continuing healthcare (CHC) teams and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to arrange fast-track home care packages that enable people to live in the comfort of their own homes.

Learn more about our nursing care services or get in touch with our team of clinical experts today to find out more.


Head of Clinical Care

Melanie Dawson, Registered Nurse and Registered Manager

Melanie Dawson, Head of Clinical CareHaving been with Helping Hands for 16 years, Melanie heads up the team enabling us to provide support for people with more complex healthcare needs who want to continue living at home with a degree of choice and independence. She regularly meets customers who believed that staying at home would not be possible.

“Live-in care at home is bespoke. It’s one-to-one,” Melanie explained.

“I have the pleasure of working with a multi-talented team who bring a breadth of experience in clinical intervention. We are able to follow a clear path of developing and supporting our customers with a wide variety of clinical, physical and emotional needs, enabling them to achieve their ultimate aim of living in their own home with choice and dignity.”

Melanie is a Registered Manager with the Care Quality Commission and Registered Nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

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Meet our Clinical Nurse Specialists

Jennifer Robbins, Registered Nurse

Jennifer Robbins, Clinical Nurse SpecialistJenny has worked in hospital and community settings, including intensive care where she developed her interest in complex care. She has also worked closely in the community field with the case management of clinical customers.

“I’m passionate about getting care right for customers in their own homes,” she said, “that means an individualised service focusing on the needs of each person.”

Jenny is a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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Helen Dautrive, Registered Nurse

Helen Dautrive, Clinical Nurse SpecialistHelen has a wealth of experience to draw upon, having qualified as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in 1986 and worked in a variety of nursing roles since then.

She is always excited to work with people who are committed to care and have a positive attitude, enabling customers to remain at home and connect with their community.

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I truly believe that everyone deserves – and should be entitled to – nursing-led live-in care at home, regardless of illness, disability or financial circumstance.

Melanie Dawson, Head of Clinical Care


Julie May, Registered Nurse

Julie May, Clinical Nurse SpecialistJulie has experienced many different professional settings, including hospice and district nursing. Her expertise is focused on making a positive impact on her customers and their families.

“To me, it is fundamental that care remains a choice,” she said.

Julie is a Registered Nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

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Samantha Atkins, Registered Nurse

Samantha Atkins, Clinical Nurse SpecialistSamantha has been with Helping Hands for some time and loves being able to help customers stay in their own homes with tailored care to suit their individual needs.

She is looking at writing a book specifically around single carer manual handling. Her clinical experience includes wound care, palliative care and care for people with long-term requirements.

Samantha is extremely passionate about care, she will always go the extra mile for her customers. She is a Registered Nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

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Anne Dalby

Anne Dalby, Clinical Nurse SpecialistAnne has much professional expertise having worked as a District Nursing Sister. She is a member of the Nursing & Midwifery Council and of the Royal College of Nursing. Making a positive impact to how customers and their families cope with care is paramount to her.

“As a nurse who has experience in district nursing, covering all aspects of clinical care, I passionately believe that everyone should be able to receive high quality care within their home,” she said.

“I feel that Helping Hands provides this along with a responsive service which addresses people’s wishes and choices. It enables them to remain in their own homes for as long as possible and allows them to continue with social activities, thus giving them a better quality of life.”

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