Anne is currently the Senior Sister for preoperative Assessment services in a busy District General hospital in Wales.
She qualified in 1985 and has spent most of her career working within the field of surgery. Throughout her career she gained experience in general surgery, orthopaedics, gynaecology, Day Surgery and outpatients.
Her interest in preassessment started in 1992 whilst working in the Day Surgery Unit. During this time she completed her nursing degree and her dissertation focused on the benefits of preassessment for the Day surgery Patient. The information gained from this study helped to develop the preassessment service within the health board.
She was responsible for setting up a pre screening service for patients being placed on the elective waiting list. This service ensures only patients that are fit are placed on the list reducing cancellations.
In later years Anne spent time as an Education liaison Nurse this was a joint appointment with University of Wales Swansea. The role involved responsibility for student nurse placements and support of student nurses and mentors whilst in clinical practice.
During her time in this role she completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner). The skills developed here helped her to further develop the preassessment service.
More recently she was seconded to a Senior Nurse Manager role gaining experience at a more senior level.
Having returned to the preassessment service she has been working with the preassessment anaesthetic lead reviewing and updating policies and guidelines within the service to reflect National guidance.
Anne is passionate about Preoperative Assessment and is interested in sharing ideas and benchmarking to develop the service. She has a particular interest in the development of staff within this service and ensuring their learning needs are met and they are competent to fulfil this important and essential role.
She also maintains her interest in Day Surgery and is a member of the British Association of Day surgery and the ERAS Society.