"Working here is the best thing I've ever done. It’s a really innovative place: mine was possibly the first sickle cell and thalassaemia transition post in the country, supporting young people who are moving from children's to adult services.
"Young people with these conditions spend a lot of time in hospital and get to know all the doctors and nurses really well. At 16 or 17, when many also have the stress of GCSEs, college, choosing careers or leaving home, they move to adult services, leaving the staff and care they know and going into the unknown. This can cause huge anxiety and some even stop using health services, which increases their risk of becoming seriously ill.
"As the transition clinical nurse specialist, I bridge the gap between children's and adult services. I help adolescents and young adults to become more independent, teaching them the skills needed to negotiate their way around the adult healthcare environment and to understand the impact of their illness on their health.
"I love what I do and this is also a great place to be a nurse. It’s a very stimulating environment – everyone in my team has an infectious passion for what we do.
“Nursing has to keep up to date. Here, we're all encouraged to study and engage in research. I am being sponsored by Guy's and St Thomas' to do a master’s degree in public health at King's College London university.
“Doing research means that you have a critical eye and strive to improve the care you're giving. Research is really valued and being part of King's Health Partners, the academic health sciences centre, is fundamental to our research focus."