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Nurse specialist has been presented with the prestigious Older Person’s Fellowship

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NELFT staff member Sarah Little has been presented with the prestigious Older Person’s Fellowship from King’s College London. Sarah works for the Community Geriatrician Service at Mayflower Community Hospital in Billericay and has been with the service since 2012.

The fellowship is aimed at driving clinical excellence, innovation and quality improvement in care for older people and is sponsored by Health Education England.

Sarah Little, Nurse Specialist for Older People, said: “A colleague, Geraldine Rodgers, had been on the first cohort and recommended the programme to me. I am extremely passionate about the care that we deliver to older people. I applied for the Fellowship in 2015 - it was a rigorous application process and involved being interviewed at Kings and I was delighted to be offered a place. 

 “The Fellowship has been such an amazing experience and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in this field. It involved a lot of hard work, but was worth every minute. I have met nurses from all over the country who all have a wealth of experience and we now have such a fantastic network.

“We also had the most fabulous lectures from experts in this field. It has definitely had a massive impact on me. Currently, we are developing the Older Persons Health and Wellbeing Service in Thurrock and having the Fellowship has given me so much more in my toolbox so we can deliver the best care to the older people of Thurrock.”

To read more about the Fellowship programme, visit the King’s College London website at: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/nursing/Older-Persons-Fellowship/Index.aspx