Bereavement and Illness

In my role as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, the connection between bereavement and illness has always been clear.  Often I see patients who are suffering illness which seems to be a reaction to loss. Grief is a natural and normal response to loss. It is a complex emotional process that can take many different forms… Read more »

Mental Health Support for Young People.

When discussing mental health support for young people, it is important to remember that this is just as important for children as it is for adults, and yet it is often overlooked.  In the UK, one in five children and young people experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. This can… Read more »

The Importance of Good Mental Health

The World Health Organisations states that “Mental health is a state of mental well-being that enables people to cope with the stresses of life, realise their abilities, learn well and work well, and contribute to their community.” Mental health is just as important as physical health. It affects how we think, feel, and act, and… Read more »

Finding a voice

As an experienced nurse I have developed a strong voice when advocating for my patients. Whether I am trying to secure an appointment, prescribing medication, giving advice or communicating with other health professionals, my voice is confident and strong. I understand my role and have the experience, knowledge and skill to be able to communicate… Read more »

Independent Nurse

Independent Nurse 2022

The App is live and Bradford is in!

Like so many people, I often find January and February to be a tough couple of months.  But not this year!  I am delighted to announce that the Treacle App has launched at last.  Just pop Treacle into the App Store on your phone and you are good to go. Our amazing tech team over… Read more »


Being kind to yourself during bereavement. One of the main things I have learnt from listening to attendees of the It’s Worth Talking About peer support groups is that we must try to be kind to ourselves during the grieving process. Grief is a unique, individual and unpredictable process. Whilst peer support and talking enables… Read more »

3 Steps to Kindness

“Are you hungry?” It was these 3 words that set off a catalyst of events that resulted in the creation of The words were uttered after one of the simplest and yet most powerful acts of kindness there is, to simply listen.  Kindness can be seen in oh so many ways if you spend… Read more »

A Blog for the National Academy of Social Prescribing

I am an Advanced Nurse Practitioner working in Primary Care, and in 2020, during the first national lockdown I became increasingly frustrated at the lack of any one site where I could go to find social prescribing help for my patients.  So I set about building one. Initially the idea was something small, to solve… Read more »