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60 seconds with specialist midwife for FGM Juliet Albert

Have confidence in your own abilities and enjoy the variety that a job like nursing allows, says specialist midwife for FGM Juliet Albert.
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Have confidence in your own abilities and enjoy the variety that a job like nursing allows, says specialist midwife for FGM Juliet Albert

Juliet Albert is female genital mutilation (FGM) lead at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London and head of community engagement at the National FGM Centre, run by Barnardos with the Local Government Association. After campaigning for FGM services for pregnant women for four years, in 2007 she set up a clinic at Queen Charlottes & Chelsea Hospital in London and a community-based clinic for non-pregnant women. She has a masters degree in advanced practice midwifery, and has worked as a project manager for the Department of Healths FGM Prevention Programme.

What are your main work responsibilities?

Running FGM services at Imperial

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Have confidence in your own abilities and enjoy the variety that a job like nursing allows, says specialist midwife for FGM Juliet Albert

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Juliet Albert says the best lesson nursing has taught her
is to be sensitive, inclusive and non-judgemental.

Juliet Albert is female genital mutilation (FGM) lead at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London and head of community engagement at the National FGM Centre, run by Barnardo’s with the Local Government Association. After campaigning for FGM services for pregnant women for four years, in 2007 she set up a clinic at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital in London and a community-based clinic for non-pregnant women. She has a master’s degree in advanced practice midwifery, and has worked as a project manager for the Department of Health’s FGM Prevention Programme.

What are your main work responsibilities?

Running FGM services at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London and leading community engagement initiatives for the National FGM Centre.

How did you get your job?

In the late 1990s I noticed there was a high prevalence of women affected by FGM. I became dedicated to improving the care available for families affected by FGM.

Who are your clients/patients?

Most of the families we see at the National FGM Centre have their ethnic origin in Nigeria, Gambia, Eritrea and Somalia, but we have seen families from 47 countries.

What do you love about your job?

Caring for such an ethnically diversity client base and being part of an innovative team at the National FGM Centre, which supports a multi-agency approach to safeguarding.

What do you find most difficult?

Many girls and women who have had FGM become deeply traumatised by their experience.

What is your top priority at work?

Reaching out to and supporting women and families affected by FGM, with the aim of ending the practice.

How have you developed your skills in this role?

Through working directly with families and community members, and completing a postgraduate module on FGM at King’s College London.

What has been your most formative career experience?

Caring for a woman in labour who had FGM in 1998 was the start of my interest in this area.

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

I have a degree in Latin American politics, so I would probably be working with refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable families.

What is the best lesson nursing has taught you?

To be sensitive, inclusive and non-judgemental. There’s always more to learn.

What career advice would you give your younger self?

Be more confident in your own abilities and enjoy the variety the job allows.

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