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Meet Samantha Atkins Clinical Nurse Trainer

About me

“I have worked has a nurse for over 10 years now and throughout this time, I have always sought opportunities to allow my customers or patients to become more independent.

I have been with Helping Hands for some time and love the work we do. Enabling customers to stay in their own home with tailored care to suit their individual needs is incredibly important to me. Currently, I’m looking at writing a book specifically around single carer manual handling.”

Career Pathway

Samantha’s first nursing role was in 2008 as a staff nurse in Intermediate Care Services, as part of a multi-disciplinary team which included nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, dieticians, speech and language therapists and carers. She was based in a rehabilitation unit where patients were often admitted, facilitating early hospital discharge.

She later moved to a role in a GP out of hours service in 2010, primarily working with a team of nurses triaging patients in order to direct them to the most appropriate service.

In 2012, Samantha went back into community care, supporting people who required wound dressing, palliative care and support related to long-term conditions. She later made the move into the private sector and a nursing home as a Senior Nurse and the trainer for the home, where she was responsible for both the day-to-day running of a unit and providing training to staff working in the home.

As well as this, Samantha Clinical Lead/Deputy Manager in a nursing home, where she was responsible for clinical governance, auditing, and quality assurance. She assessed residents of a wide age range to ensure the facility was able to safely meet their needs. Additionally, Samantha was involved in supervising approximately 30 clinical nurses, covering areas such as palliative care, dementia care, and chronic conditions such as COPD, Parkinson’s disease and heart failure whilst also providing emotional support to the residents’ families.

Qualifications and Professional Development

Member of Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), Royal College of Nursing

Samantha is a Registered Nurse, having obtained a degree in Nursing and registered with the NMC. This study required a high level of competency, the ability to think critically and make clinical decisions in high-pressure situations.

In 2009, Samantha began to do some work 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 & safety and palliative care.

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