She specialised in palliative nursing at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and spent 17 years progressing through numerous roles, finally becoming the Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist, managing and developing palliative care services across the specialist Trust.
In 2006 she moved to the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust to set up and establish a bereavement service, looking at care after death issues, taking consent for autopsies, being an independent assessor for human organ donation and developing mortuary care. She then moved to St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney where she took up the Nurse Consultant post in 2008. She was the Consultant lead for the Nurse led Respite Unit.
She has recently taken up the position of Macmillan Nurse Consultant at the London Ambulance NHS Trust. This position is part of a 2-year project aimed at improving palliative and end of life care in the pre-hospital setting.
As a nurse with many years of experience, Diane is passionate about patients and carers having a voice and receiving high quality care across all settings and circumstances. She is particularly interested in change management and developing leadership within all sectors of the healthcare service; her other interests are service development, advance care planning, professionally developing junior staff and quality of care.
She has completed a doctorate, published widely and is an editorial member of the International Journal of Palliative Nursing.