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60 seconds with group director of nursing Tammy Davies 

‘Enjoy every moment and embrace new opportunities. Everything is a learning experience,’ says group director of nursing Tammy Davies

‘Enjoy every moment and embrace new opportunities. Everything is a learning experience,’ says group director of nursing Tammy Davies

Tammy Davies is group director of nursing for primary care community and therapies at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust. After qualifying as a nurse in 2001 she worked in critical care and then coronary care, including a post as a palliative care heart failure nurse specialist. In 2015 she was appointed lead nurse in palliative and end of life care at Birmingham’s City Hospital, now part of the trust, and in May 2017 took up her current role, which became permanent in December. She lives with her partner and they are expecting their first child in June.

Tammy Davies
Tammy Davies says nursing has taught her that compassion and kindness
are more important than any other skill.

What are your main work responsibilities?

Professional leadership for a range of specialist and community nurses, and the quality, safety and experience of patients and carers.

Who are your clients/patients?

Adult patients with a range of acute, chronic or life-limiting illnesses cared for in community settings.

What do you love about your job?

The ability to develop services and improve care quality and the patient experience. I also enjoy supporting junior colleagues to develop their skills and careers.

What do you find most difficult?

Lack of time – there aren’t enough hours in the day.

What is your top priority at work?

To develop services that I would be happy for my own family to experience, and to be a visible and supportive role model.

How have you developed your skills in this role?

By having a role model who I can constantly learn from and by listening to feedback from patients and carers.

What has been your most formative career experience?

Developing the palliative care service. Learning from third-sector organisations gave me an insight into new ways of working, enabling me to see beyond the healthcare model.

If you hadn’t become a nurse, what would you have done instead?

I can’t imagine doing anything else – I love being a nurse and have enjoyed every role I have done.

What will be your next career move?

My current role is very new, so my main aim is to consolidate my current knowledge and ensure our community services are sustainable and fit for purpose.

What is the best lesson nursing has taught you?

Compassion and kindness are more important than any other skill, and developing a successful team improves patient care and job satisfaction.

What career advice would you give your younger self?

Enjoy every moment and embrace new opportunities – everything is a learning experience.

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