My job

Weekly walkabout in Wales

An interview with Hazel Powell, nurse director at the mental health and learning disability delivery unit, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, South Wales 
Hazel Powell

What is your job?

As nurse director I lead nursing strategy, and the approach to care and nursing standards in the mental health and learning disability delivery unit for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.

Nurse director Hazel Powell. Picture: Photodisc

Why did you become a nurse?

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be, but my mum worked as a nursing assistant at Dingleton Hospital in the Scottish Borders. I started there as an activity assistant in older people’s services and loved it, so I decided to do my mental health nurse training.

After working in mental health, I got a job on the learning disability ward, supporting people to move to community living.

I loved the diversity of working with people with learning disabilities. I realised that through listening and supporting them and their families I could make a difference,


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