Welcome to our new Director of Nursing and Supportive Care Jackie Kelly

Posted on 12 April 2017.

We would like to give a warm welcome to our new Director of Nursing and Supportive Care, Jackie Kelly.

Jackie qualified as a nurse in 1988 and has worked in different organisations within the NHS in the West Midlands in a variety of roles, including Ward Manager at Walsall’s Manor Hospital, Chemotherapy Clinical Nurse Specialist and Macmillan Palliative Care Nurse.

Jackie led Mary Stevens Hospice for 16 years as Director of Clinical Services and spent just under two and a half years at Katharine House Hospice as Director of Care Services before joining the executive team at Compton Hospice as Director of Nursing and Supportive Care in December 2016.

She comments: “I always wanted to be a nurse so I started my training at Manor Hospital aged 18. My first staffing job was on the medical ward at Manor Hospital and during my time there I developed an interest in oncology so I enrolled on an oncology course. In 1992 I helped to open the Chemotherapy Ward at Manor Hospital which was a fantastic opportunity.

“Afterwards I became a Macmillan nurse out in the community in Dudley and then I went back to oncology, this time working on the Deanesly Unit at New Cross Hospital. I then went to work back in the community as a nurse before becoming a Macmillan nurse in Walsall. I then took the big step to leave the NHS and I went to open the ward at Mary Stevens Hospice.

"In 1998 I was employed as the hospice’s ward manager and was able to set up the unit from scratch, which was great because I was able to employ new staff and develop the service. In 2004 I was employed as the Hospice’s Clinical Director. In 2014 I left to go to Katharine House Hospice as Director of Care Services and registered Care Manager.

“In December 2016 I was employed in my current role as Director of Nursing and Supportive care at Compton Hospice. I had always worked closely with the team at Compton and at Mary Stevens Hospice we sent our nurses here for education training courses. The hospice has such a good reputation and is really well known so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work here.

“I really love working at Compton. It’s a much bigger organisation than I’m used to so I am currently focussed on getting to know everyone and how the whole operation works.

"A typical week usually consists of overseeing patient care, quality and safety and supporting staff, as well as working with the leadership team on the hospice’s future vision.

“In my role I will be reviewing the clinical services to see how they can be developed to continue to meet patient needs both now and in the future.”

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