Vickie qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1997 after training at Redwood College of Nursing Studies in Harold Wood. After qualifying as a Staff Nurse, she worked at Warley hospital in Brentwood where she progressed to Deputy Ward manager on an Adult acute admissions ward. Vickie also spent time working in the community as a Community Psychiatric Nurse in Barking. After working in a Medium Secure Forensic Unit as Ward Sister for St Andrew's hospital group, Vickie went on to work with older adults working in a day hospital, on both in-patient and community settings. During this time Vickie completed a BSc in Health and Social Care Practice.
After setting up a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner service in a large GP practice, Vickie went on to consolidate her experience and worked as a Team Manager/Practice Development Lead at The Crystal Centre (Older Adults Mental Health) in Chelmsford (North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust) where she led the service to gain Practice Development Unit accreditation through Bournemouth University alongside managing a Day Hospital. During this time, Vickie led on and supported a number of innovative projects and contributed to being short listed for a Nursing Times award. Other notable projects where Vickie was involved and won the Trust Innovation awards were: Development of a Delirium Pathway, The use of Tai Chi as a Therapeutic Intervention for Older Adults, and a Life Story work project for service users with Dementia. During this time, Vickie completed her MSc in Mental Health Practice and completed the King's Fund Change Leaders Programme. Additional roles included being a CPA trainer for the Trust' s CPA and Clinical risk training.
Teaching and other responsibilities
Vickie held a Visiting Fellowship at the University of Essex prior to joining Suffolk which involved various collaborative projects including hosting conferences and lecturing on Practice Development and Older Adults Mental Health care. Since joining in July 2014, Vickie has taken on various module leaderships and has also taught and developed a range of CPD activity, as well as completing a PGCert in Healthcare education in September 2015. Vickie is also the Course Leader for the BSc in Mental Health Nursing (Work Based Learning), and is also part of the Dementia interest group at the University of Suffolk and chairs the Service Users and Carer Involvement group for Mental Health.
Research interests and publications
Professional advisors project - supporting nursing students in transitioning to registered practice
Team development and Enhancing quality in practice
Service User and Carer involvement in health professionals education
Delirium Pathway - East of England conference Dementia conference and East of England conference