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'Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity'

New head of children, young people and transition at NHS Improvement Angela Horsley so enjoys her work that she has only had three days off sick in 38 years.

New head of children, young people and transition at NHS Improvement Angela Horsley so enjoys her work that she has only had three days off sick in 38 years.

Why did you become a children’s nurse?

During my state registered nurse training, I did an eight-week placement on an orthopaedic and ear, nose and throat ward. There was an eight-year-old patient who had Perthes' disease. I cared for him pre- and post-operatively. During most of this time his parents and younger sister were at his bedside. I realised the importance of not only caring for the patient, but the importance of involving all of the family. Effective communication for all family members is vital.

What might you have done otherwise?

From the age of 14, I wanted to be a nurse. I fractured my arm after roller skating down a

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