My job

The challenges and benefits of working as a nurse director in learning disabilities

Hazel Powell tells all about working in a new service, in a new country
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 disabilities service delivery unit for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.

Hazel Powell Photo: PD

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 and loved the diversity of working with people with learning disabilities, so I did a learning disability conversion course.

I have had a varied career in mental health, learning disability assessment and treatment, community services,


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