Molly Hudson

Community Learning Disability Nurse, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

My role is based in the community supporting service users with a learning disability. We work as part of a MDT to provide a range of services and care for our service users.  We are a team of nurses, psychologist, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dietitians, support workers and speech and language therapists. I have a case load of service users who require nursing input to meet their needs. We are based in the community so we visit people at home, day services and respite to provide support in all of these areas. I also coordinate their care which means working with additional agencies and teams such as social care and physical health teams such as GP surgeries or hospital teams.

I would like to develop my confidence and situational awareness. Due to the current pandemic my first year of being a qualified nurse was different than expected. I think due to this my confidence has not developed as much as it possibly could have. I feel that the fellowship and the supporting programme will help me to develop and build my confidence. As part of my role I work with the service user and their support network, which can include family, informal carers, paid carers and those who support them in the community i.e. day services. I feel that developing my skills further to enable inclusivity, collaboration and positive relationships will benefit those I support. At times it can be difficult to engage with all of the service user’s support at once. However I do strive to ensure that the service user is at the heart of everything I do as well as their supports.