Virginia Allen

I have been nursing 30 years. Following my training at the Lovelock-Jones School of Nursing I had 10 years’ experience working in the acute sector (Surgery and Medicine) before specialising in palliative care. I had 10 years’ experience as a ‘Clinical Nurse Specialist’ for a local charity providing 24 hour specialist end of life care in the community (Rennie Grove Hospice Care). I changed direction for 2.5 years working as an ‘End of Life Care Lead’ for a registered charity and not-for-profit business providing care and support services for older people and adults with a learning disability  (Fremantle Trust). The first year of the post was part funded by NHS South of England as part of their nursing/care home programme. This was a great experience and gave me lots of insight into the social side of care and the needs of the elderly and those with Learning disabilities at end of life. Prior to joining GSF I had returned to Rennie Grove Hospice Care as a ‘Practice Development Nurse’ where I was developing further skills in teaching end of life care and assessment. My Passion is of meeting the needs of the elderly, the frail, persons with dementia and those persons with learning disabilities at end of life as they are often the people who do not receive specialist palliative care.