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Local nurses inspire others

Published: 23/03/2011

Hampshire nurses inspire nurses of the future

Local nurses feature on new website to widen appeal of nursing careers

News Release

Ten local nurses (Carol Bailey, Mandy Burton, Amy Castles, Erica Goddard, Julia Judd, Sonia King, Carole Law, Julia O’Mara, Nigel Sampson and Kate Slater) have been chosen to appear on a new NHS Careers website to inspire others to join the nursing profession.

The stories of the 10 nurses who work for Solent Healthcare feature in videos on the Nursing Careers website which seeks to promote the wide range of nursing careers available, challenge misconceptions and encourage people to consider a career in nursing.

The nurses work in a variety of roles and locations and include Julia O’Mara, modern matron and nurse prescriber, and Mandy Barton, advanced nurse specialist in mental health. Julia works in general practice diagnosing patients’ conditions and prescribing medicines, and Mandy works with children in care dealing with their worries, feelings and behavioural difficulties.

Mandy Burton said: “I am delighted that my story features on the new Nursing Careers website. I hope that my story will help to inspire other potential nurses and encourage more people to consider nursing as a profession.”

Julia O’Mara agreed: “This is such a rewarding job. As a nurse, there is huge value in helping people understand their disease, manage their symptoms and live with their condition.”

The website is launched as nurse training shifts from a mixture of diploma and degree courses to an all-graduate entry profession by 2013. In the next three years, the nursing profession needs to attract enough applicants to fill thousands more degree places.

Yet, there are significant misconceptions about nursing careers, with government research revealing that nursing is still seen as being a low-paid, vocational job whose primary role is to clean up mess and act as a ‘doctor’s handmaiden’. Nursing is also viewed as a ‘job’ not a ‘career’ with limited opportunities for career progression.

The new website uses innovative features including an interactive personality quiz to help users explore their suitability for different areas of nursing. It also includes video interviews with nurses from different specialisms, talking about their roles and tackling some of the misconceptions about pay, progression and status. In addition, the website offers comprehensive information about entering the profession via a variety of routes as well as a resource centre of materials to support schools, universities and NHS organisations to promote nursing as a career.

Judy Hillier, Director of Clinical Excellence and Delivery for Solent Healthcare, said: “We are delighted that ten of our staff are featuring on the new Nursing Careers website. It really is a testament to their dedication to the nursing profession and hard work here at Solent Healthcare. Nurses are not only a significant and crucial part of the NHS workforce, they also have a key role to play in the current reshaping of NHS patient care. The new website will help to challenge misconceptions about nursing and encourage well-informed and motivated job-seekers to fill the wide variety of opportunities in the NHS.”


Notes to editors:

1. The new Nursing Careers website is now available.

2. The stories of Carol Bailey, lead nurse – learning disability services, Mandy Burton, advanced nurse specialist, Amy Castles, registered learning disability nurse, Erica Goddard, advanced nurse practitioner - CAHMS, Julia Judd, clinical matron - health and well-being, Sonia King, modern matron - CAHMS, Carole Law, child and adolescent mental health nurse, Julia O’Mara, modern matron – general practice, Nigel Sampson, child and adolescent mental health nurse, and Kate Slater, senior development manager for public health, appear here on NHS Careers website and in the following videos:

  • Leadership opportunities
  • Nursing Pay
  • Career progression
  • Julia Judd, clinical matron for health and well-being
  • Variety of nursing roles
  • Working with people with learning disabilities
  • Misconceptions of nursing
  • A career in mental health nursing

3. Still images of the videos are available on request.

4. Solent Healthcare was created on 1 April 2010 through the integration of Southampton Community Healthcare and Portsmouth Community and Mental Health Services.

5. NHS Careers is the careers information service for the NHS in England. It consists of a telephone (0345 60 60 655) and email helpline (, website, literature and other supporting materials. As well as offering careers information to anyone interested in working for the NHS, the service supports NHS employers, schools, colleges and careers advisers.

6. For further information, please contact Suzannah Nobbs or Joanna Clason in the NHS Careers media office:, on 020 7074 3264, 07595 657902 or, on 020 7074 3309, or 07798 571078. Alternatively, please contact Elton Dzikiti, Assistant Communications Manager, Solent Healthcare on 023 8060 8934 or

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absolutely shocking - why aren't these children being seen by qualified child psychiatrists! A nurse writing prescriptions for a drug to treat ADHD - unbelievable!

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Comment posted by anon
05/11/2012 12:11:44

After watching the video I want to join mental health nursing

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Comment posted by winnie mapeta
08/06/2011 12:13:18

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