Kathryn has been a Registered General Nurse for 34 years, with her early career beginning in Care of the Elderly and Rehabilitation where she was a Band 5 Nurse and a Moving and Handling Trainer. She then worked in the Endoscopy Unit at QEQMH, assisting with the endoscopy procedures, managing equipment; including being link nurse for COSHH, and managing patients pre and post procedures. In 1998 an opportunity arose for Kathryn to become a Rheumatology Nurse as an assistant in clinics to the Rheumatology Consultant Dr Alison Leak. To her advantage she had a special interest in Paediatric Rheumatology and was therefore able to add this to her skills and development. With the support of the team, she was able to develop the role to become an autonomous practitioner; achieving competencies in administering intra-articular joint injections and aspirations and soft tissue steroid injections. Kathryn became an Independent Nurse Prescriber in 2004, further enhancing the role.
Working in an environment which over the years has changed significantly has been challenging and exciting for Kathryn. She has been able to continue to demonstrate and maintain excellent standards of care compassionately. In 2018, she joined the Connect Health team to provide care for Rheumatology patients in a community setting and Kathryn feels passionate about this model of care.