Driftwood Lodge Personnel
Amanda Owen RGN/RSCN
Amanda trained at Romford College of Nursing and Midwifery, originally qualified as a Registered General Nurse she then successfully completed her training to become a Registered Sick Children's Nurse in 1995.
With 12 years experience in Children's' Accident and Emergency Care, Amanda studied at Masters Level as an Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner. Following experience as an outreach children's nurse she was an instrumental lead in setting up a very successful Children's' A&E Department in a busy London Hospital. Her role prior to this project was that of Matron of Children's Services at a large General Hospital, responsible for successfully managing and developing paediatric nursing services spanning neonatal, A&E, Children's ward, outpatients and day unit/day surgery.
Now with 10 years experience developing and leading a dual registered service that is that has been groundbreaking, much emulated and successful in achieving Outstanding in Ofsted Inspections for the last 4 years and fully compliant in the Care Quality Commission.
Sarah Crow RGN/RSCN BSc (hons) Community Specialist Practice (Children's Community Nursing)
Sarah trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in 1985 with secondment to West Dorset School of Nursing to obtain dual registration as a Registered General Nurse and a Registered Sick Children's Nurse. 10 years of acute paediatrics was gained at a busy General Hospital where she achieved promotion to F Grade ward Sister. This was followed by 9 years working as a Children's Community Nursing Sister culminating in promotion to the role of Lead Nurse for Children's Community Nursing, where a wealth of knowledge has been developed in care of the young person/child/baby with complex needs and the technology dependant child in the community environment. Sarah also has specialist qualifications and a depth of experience in paediatric palliative care and paediatric oncology.
Now with 10 years experience developing and leading a dual registered service that has been groundbreaking, much emulated and successful in achieving Outstanding in Ofsted Inspections for the last 4 years and fully compliant in the Care Quality Commission.
Carole Nevard RSCN/ BSc (hons) Primary & Community Care
Carole trained in Suffolk and qualified as a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse in 2000. She came to the Company with over 15 years’ experience in caring for children and young people with both acute and chronic healthcare needs. After qualifying Carole worked on a children’s hospital ward working as a senior staff nurse, before moving onto Children’s Community Nursing in 2004. This progressed to a promotion as Lead Nurse for the team, managing a successful and well respected team of specialist nurses. She went on to obtain her degree in Primary & Community Care in 2013.
Her areas of special interest are the care of children with complex healthcare and palliative care needs.
Carole joined our team as Nurse Manager in 2015.
Sarah Larkin, RN Child
Nurse Manager for the Beach Hut
Sarah trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital London and qualified as a registered nurse for children in 1998. She came to the Company with over 17 years’ experience in caring for children and young people. After qualifying Sarah worked at the Royal London Hospital on an acute medical/oncology/haematology ward before moving to the hospitals children’s A&E, which is London’s largest and busiest, as a Sister for 8 Years. During this time Sarah was able to complete a recognised advanced A&E and trauma course, as well her continuing professional development in safeguarding, mentorship, as well as many other valuable nursing skills and related courses.
Following a move back to Sarah’s home town of Colchester, in 2010, she joined the Children’s Community Nursing Team as a specialist nurse, working with clients with sometimes long term, life limiting and complex needs, this enabling her to become familiar with community services for children, young people and their families around North Essex. Within this senior role Sarah worked closely with clients and their families, not only using her nursing skills, but as a support and advocate too.
Sarah joined the Company as a Nurse Manager in 2015.
Teresa Anthony BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
Teresa started her career with the Pre-School Learning Alliance working with parents and carers in the pre-school environment encouraging interactive learning and development through play. She then moved into her first role in a hospital setting as a Children’s Support Worker in a Paediatric Accident and Emergency Department in East London. She was very fortunate to be offered the opportunity of a secondment to study at the London South Bank University, and was successful in completing her nursing degree in 2006.
Post qualification Teresa spent two years in the Intensive Care Unit and two years with the palliative care team in the Margaret Centre, both at Whipps Cross University Hospital, very rewarding and challenging roles. She then moved to the NELTC, where she worked as a Staff Nurse on a busy Day Unit, overseeing the safe admission and discharge of up to 50 patients each day. As part of her development she has completed courses on Clinical Leadership and Mentoring and Enabling Learning in the Practice Setting.
Teresa has recently moved to the Colchester area and has taken up the post of Clinical Co-ordinator at the Company and is looking forward to utilizing her past experiences to support the team to obtain the skills and competencies which are essential for caring for the children and young people with complex needs, ensuring excellent care standards are maintained at all times.
Sally Roberts EN, RSCN, BSc (hons)
Community Specialist Practice (Children’s Community Nursing)
Sally trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in 1978, as an Enrolled Nurse. She then worked in Neonatal Care for 22 years at St John’s Hospital Chemlsford.
In 2002, she successfully completed her conversion to Registered Sick Childrens Nurse.
In 2004 she joined the Children's Community Nursing Team in Chelmsford, where she gained a wide and valuable experience working closely with the families of children with disabilities and other complex medical needs. She went on to obtain her degree, a BSC (hons) in Community Specialist Practice (Children’s Community Nursing).
We are pleased to say that she joined the team at Seaside Care Homes Ltd in April 2017 as a Clinical Coordinator.