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. The team boasts extensive experience in the care sector, from working with charities and the NHS to providing one-to-one care.
Learn more about our nursing care services or get in touch with our team of clinical experts today to find out more.
I’m humbled every day when I meet such inspirational people who love life and live it to the full, regardless of the complexities that life has thrown their way.”
Natasha Johnson, Lead Nurse
Meet our Clinical Nurse Trainers
Natasha Johnston, Nurse Lead
Natasha has recently joined Helping Hands and has brought with her a wealth of clinical experience spanning over 10 years. She has worked in both the public and private sector, spending the first part of her nursing career on specialist wards and intensive care, specialising in invasive and non-invasive respiratory care and spinal injuries, as well as stoma and catheter management.
She has also gained additional experience in Australia, where she spent time working in A&E, burns, respiratory and surgical wards, before coming back to the UK to work for a private health care group that provides care in the community.
Her role at Helping Hands is to work with a team of registered nurses, expertly trained carers and personal assistants across the country to deliver person-centred care to individuals with complex care needs, enabling them to be able to live within their own home.
She says: “I love being able to utilise the wide-ranging skills I’ve developed to support our Nurse Trainers to deliver complex care within the community setting, helping to keep people with more acute care needs at home. It gives you a huge sense of satisfaction to enable people to come out of a hospital setting and have all their care needs delivered at home in the place that they love, surrounded by friends, family and their pets.”
Samantha Atkins, Clinical Nurse Trainer
Samantha 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 has worked alongside nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, dietitians, speech and language therapists, and carers.
As well as this, Samantha has worked with a training company providing training to both care workers and student nurses on a range of subjects, including manual handling, safeguarding, infection control, health and safety, and palliative care.
Samantha explained, “My most recent experience has been as the clinical lead/deputy manager in a nursing home, covering areas such as palliative care, dementia care, and chronic conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Parkinson’s disease and heart failure.”
Samantha is extremely passionate about care and she will always go the extra mile for her customers. She is a Registered Nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council.
Hannah Gambrell, Clinical Nurse Trainer
Hannah primarily supports customers with more complex healthcare needs who are based within East Anglia. She holds a BSc Hons degree in Adult Nursing at the University of East Anglia and as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, she previously supported patients in nursing homes, in a community setting and while working at an acute trust.
During her time working in an acute trust, Hannah worked within stroke services, which included the hyper-acute unit, acute unit and neurology. She has also gained extensive experience in caring for post thrombolysis patients, neurological patients, tracheostomy patients, patients on intravenous infusions, patients on enteral feeding and patients with complex needs.
Hannah is also highly experienced in managing the clinical aspects of care, and is accustomed to working in partnership with Continuing Healthcare, clinical commissioning groups, social services and private case management companies.
“I am passionate about enabling people to live safely at home with the facilitation they require to live as independently as possible,” she says.”It is so rewarding to facilitate them to achieve outcomes that, in another setting, they might not have had the opportunity to pursue.”
With much experience of supervising both upskilled support workers and registered nurses, together with delivering clinical training to support workers and completing their clinical competencies, Hannah talks about the support available at Helping Hands. “Most of our customers have a permanent carer, which means they have consistency and continuity of care. This is paramount in enabling them to achieve their outcomes, and I’m very proud to be part of a team that places so much value on this.”
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Page reviewed by Samantha Atkins, Clinical Nurse Trainer on July 8, 2019