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Fighting a family’s corner

Terry O’Toole, a children’s nurse at the Rennie Grove’s Children’s Hospice in Buckinghamshire, discusses his career to date.
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Terry O’Toole, a children’s nurse at the Rennie Grove’s Children’s Hospice in Buckinghamshire, discusses his career to date.

Why did you become a children’s nurse?

I was working in retail as a manager with Tesco when I decided to work in healthcare. I qualified as a learning disability nurse before returning to university to complete a paediatric qualification.

I was specialising in learning disabilities, and working with children and older people in mental health services, when my eldest daughter was born. She was diagnosed with special needs, which prompted me to focus on children’s care.

What might you have done otherwise?

Become a golf professional or, more realistically, I would have liked to run a livery for horses.

Where did you train?

I took my nursing diplomas at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, part of Buckinghamshire

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