Celia is a Registered Learning Disability Nurse BSc with 25 years’ experience working in public and independent health and social care settings, where she gained experience and Continuing Professional Development in primary care learning disability and mental health services.
She started her career as a Support Worker in the community, working with teenagers with additional support needs and Autistic Spectrum disorder, which confirmed her passion and commitment to making a difference, improving opportunity and promoting independence for this client group. She progressed to being a Team Leader, before going on to university to do a degree in Learning Disability Nursing.
She has worked in senior nursing roles for the last 10 years in secure services, prison services and NHS forensic mental health and learning disability services. She had a lead role in the development of two new services from staff recruitment, service planning and clinical management of Service User support plans, health promotion and patient transition through to admission.
Throughout her career she has gained extensive experience in working with person centred approaches in the care of individuals with learning disabilities & mental health, who have complex needs and behaviour that is challenging, with the aim of achieving the best outcomes through effective leadership and management. Celia feels that seeing that person from the assessment stage through to achievement of their personal goals & developing life skills is the best reward.
She has a proven track record of promoting staff development, clinical supervision and leadership and is passionate about social inclusion and ensuring everyone has the opportunity to live life to the fullest & to be supported to be as independent as they can possibly be through having choice and a voice.
She has 2 grown up children and has a keen interest in dance, fitness and health promotion.