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Have confidence and believe in yourself, especially when you know changing something will improve patient experience, says carers lead Jodie Deards.
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Have confidence and believe in yourself, especially when you know changing something will improve patient experience, says carers lead Jodie Deards

Award winner Jodie Deards.

Jodie Deards, winner of the RCNi Nurse Awards Commitment to Carers category, earned her degree as part of Australia’s first cohort of university-trained nurses in 1993. She came to the UK on a two-year working holiday in 2000 but stayed. After 10 years in the renal unit at Lister Hospital in Stevenage she took up posts as a community diabetes specialist nurse, practice nurse and community matron.

Her current role as carers lead has brought her back to Lister Hospital, part of East and North Herts NHS Trust. She is ’49 years young’, married to Grant and has three children aged 16, 14 and 10.

What are your main work responsibilities? Ensuring the trust strategically supports unpaid family

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