Since qualifying as a registered nurse in 1998, Katie has focused her nursing specialism in the field of urology and continence. During her initial nursing experience, Katie worked within renal and urological settings to acquire the fundamental aspects of urological nursing. She worked on the surgical and urology wards at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for six years where she developed a passion for urological nursing.
In 2002, Katie became the Urology Nurse Specialist at Homerton Hospital. During this time, she was provided the opportunity to advance her urological knowledge and skills through successfully initiated nurse-led clinics and services, while improving patient pathways for continence assessment and treatment. Within the neurological unit based at Homerton Hospital, Katie initiated a continence service for those patients undergoing rehabilitation.
Katie worked as the Continence Nurse Specialist for seven years at Basildon Hospital and successfully established the continence service within the Acute Trust. She also ran the Peripheral Tibial Nerve Stimulation Service for patients with bladder & bowel problems, a painful bladder service as well as trial without catheter and intermittent self-catheterization clinics.
Katie has supported her specialist education through a master’s degree pathway in Advanced Nursing Practice and has temporarily delayed the dissertation due to the birth of her son, but she hopes to complete this once he is older.
Katie is currently employed as a Urology Nurse Specialist for Fittleworth Medical Ltd. She also has an honorary contract with North East London Foundation Trust CCG, supporting the community catheter and TWOC services run by the district nurses. This role has provided lots of opportunities and in 2017, Katie was fortunate enough to present on the British Journal of Nursing National Roadshow on Urology as well as showcase the community TWOC service through a poster presentation at BAUN.