With over 12 years in the care sector, Sam combines her experience of Nursing Home management with a strong clinical background. After qualifying as a Registered Adult Nurse (RGN), Sam joined the Royal Air Force and qualified as an Aeromedical Evacuation Flight Nurse, repatriating injured Service Personnel back to the UK. Within this role she acted as team leader, responsible for multiple patients with traumatic and critical injuries. This also promoted her growth as an effective autonomous practitioner as whilst in-flight, no medical cover was available. The operational management of running an aeromedical team and repatriating patients in a hostile environment was a challenge but incredibly rewarding.  During her time in the military, she also performed a number of different roles such as Rehabilitation Nurse and Practice Development Nurse responsible for the teaching, development and assessment of competencies with students and junior Nurses. Sam went on to specialise in Critical Care for several years gaining an excellent clinical skill set and knowledge base, particularly around tracheostomies, airway management, invasive lines, PEG feeding and phlebotomy.

Immediately after leaving the military, Sam commenced the role of lead nurse within a nursing home quickly being recognized and promoted to deputy manager and progressing to home manager.  The experience gained through performing different roles within a care home has enabled Sam to be highly respected and to empathise and effectively manage change and improvement through all staff groups. Sam has provided trouble shooting support and crisis management of several nursing homes, particularly in complex care and profound learning disabilities. Sam also still works clinically in order to maintain her skills and to ensure best practice evidence. Throughout her career, Sam has displayed strong leadership skills and has numerous qualifications in Management and Leadership. She constantly strives to enhance her clinical practice with post graduate study.

Sam has been recognised for her dedication, nursing care and management and has been nominated for the ‘Industry Award for Pioneering’ and also for her work in creating a profound Learning Disabilities Unit from scratch. She was honoured to be a finalist in both awards. Sam received personal recognition from HRH Prince Charles for her service during a tour of Afghanistan, after receiving a Royal invitation to attend their Highgrove House Garden Party.