Gina is a trained nurse who started working in the NHS 36 years ago and was inspired to learn about better therapeutic pain management which directed her onto over 25 years in End of Life (EoL) care. Gina originally trained as a District Nurse where from here, she gained extensive experience in various roles in Specialist Palliative Care in different care settings, Acute Trust, Hospice and Community. This led her into becoming a county-wide EoL Facilitator/lead and then a commissioner in 2013. During this time, she gained a PGCHE qualification.
In 2015, Gina was seconded into strategic clinical leadership and project management as a Quality Improvement Lead in NHSE/I. Here she worked alongside Heath Education England (HEE), personalisation, independent and voluntary sectors, to raise the quality of care and support the rollout of training in person-centred care, EoL and MCA across the South West. Alongside, she was working in Thames Valley, where her focus was to measure and improve Electronic Palliative Care Coordination System (EPaCCS) alongside commissioners and in improving access to out of hours (NHS 111) Specialist Palliative Care advice for Generalists.
Gina is now adding to her skill set by training to be an accredited coach, alongside being an independent trainer and consultant in EoL Care and MCA. She is also a reflexologist, which provides her an opportunity of helping individuals on a personal level. She has also contributed to the “A textbook of Community Nursing” with a chapter on EoL “Providing quality care at the end of life” and developed games for EoL training and Human Rights.