Anne is retiring from NHS Forth Valley following a 25 year career, with practice education at its heart.
Anne qualified later in life as a “Project 2000” nurse in 1996 from Tayside College of Nursing and took up her first staff nurse post within Crieff Community Hospital. Having undertaken further studies and obtained a BSc in Nursing with Palliative Care in 2001, Anne went on to work in the Marie Curie Hospice in Glasgow, before commencing with NHS Forth Valley in 2003 in Bonnybridge Hospital.
In 2004 Anne began her career in practice education, becoming one of Scotland’s first Practice Education Facilitators (PEF) supporting Mental Health, Learning Disability and Community Hospital services. She went on to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Queen Margaret University in 2007 and continued in the PEF role until her retirement in 2022.
Throughout Anne’s career in Practice Education, she has been involved in a variety of local and national projects, including contributing to the creation of the NES National Approach to Mentor Preparation for Nurses and Midwives. Anne is well known across Forth Valley for going above and beyond to support others with professional development and after completing a Professional Course in Coaching in 2019, became part of the internal coaching network within NHS Forth Valley.
In addition to her PEF role, Anne is a dedicated member of the Forth Valley Nurses Choir and has performed at many events, including a surprise performance as special guests on the Michael MacIntyre Big Show Christmas Special; which she recalls as being a wonderful experience.
In Anne’s words “I love working in Practice Education” and her passion and enthusiasm is evident for all to see. Anne has brought a wealth of knowledge to her role and her support, kindness, patience and attention to detail will be missed immensely by her colleagues in NHS Forth Valley. She has been an inspiration to many and we all wish her an abundance of happiness and many adventures in this new chapter of her life.