Sarah initially qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1981. However, after a couple of years working mainly on children's wards and with a very keen interest in children's oncology, Sarah undertook her training to become a Registered Sick Children's Nurse (RSCN) at Westminster Children's Hospital in London. After qualifying, Sarah worked for several years on the Bone Marrow Transplant unit at Westminster Childrens Hospital and then moved to Ipswich as a staff nurse on the childre's ward. After a brief time as a midwifery student, Sarah returned initially as a Night Sister then a Day Sister to the children's ward. Sarah then moved from clinical practice to education, clinical teaching and ward sister, to her current role as Lecturer in Children's Nursing. Sarah's initial post was as Course Leader for the post registration child and young person degree programme. Sarah is now the Course Leader and Admissions Tutor for the pre- registration BSc (Hons) Children's Nursing Programme. In her role as Admissions Tutor, Sarah has recently developed and introduced a two-day selection event for prospective Children's Nursing students, which includes school aged children in the selection process.
Until recently Sarah worked as a Paediatric Oncology Nurse Specialist at The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust which included managing care through the acute phase of treatment, palliative and end of life for children and young people with cancer up to eighteen years of age and their families, in both hospital and the community. Sarah still works as an advisor for palliative care courses, and is the sole representative (from a child health nursing perspective) of the Norfolk and Suffolk Palliative Care Academy Education Providers Group and a member of RCN: CYP Cancer Nurse Education Group.
Sarah lectures on all aspects of children's nursing in acute and community settings, both within pre- and post-registration nursing curriculum and other undergraduate and post graduate courses. Sarah takes a lead on the 3rd year management and practice modules, paediatric oncology nursing and all post registration children's nursing, which includes her specialities of child/young person palliative care and chronic illness and disability. Until recently she also arranged child and young person focus study days for all professionals working with this age group.
Research Interests and Publications
July 2015 : Produced with 2 other colleagues from the Children's Nursing Team, a poster on assessing and managing children's pain presented at the UOS conference Children and Childhoods
January 2012 Launch of Childhood Remixed UCS Online journal: presented a synopsis of findings from our article Involving children and young people with cancer in decisions about management of their condition.
A case study approach was used to focus on the main theoretical and practical issues associated with children/ young people with cancer in decisions about their care. Examples from clinical settings demonstrated the importance of the key worker and multidisciplinary team work, to ensure effective communication between principal oncology treatment centres and oncology shared care units in district hospitals.
Hayward, K & Todd, S (2012) Involving children and young people with cancer in decisions about management of their condition. University of Suffolk online journal Childhood Remixed
Todd, S. & Barnes, K. (2003) Anatomical and physiological difference in paediatrics in Barnes, K. (ed) Paediatrics: A Clinical Guide for Nurse Practitioners. Edinburgh: Elsevier Science Limited.