She returned to community nursing in 1990 and, following a very personal bereavement coupled with her work in the community, developed a passion for palliative and end of life care.
Between 2001 and 2009 Kerry returned to academic studies, achieving a Diploma in Professional Practice in Palliative Care, BSc Hons Inter-professional Health and Social Care (with primary care endorsement), Advanced Physical Assessment skills and Non-medical Prescribing.
Kerry worked as a hospice Clinical Nurse Specialist and progressed to Advanced Nurse Practitioner in which role she headed a hospice day service, and led the service through significant change. To extend her leadership and management skills, she gained a PGcert in Leadership and Management in Healthcare in 2011.
Kerry was appointed Deputy Director of Patient Services at Heart of Kent Hospice in Maidstone Kent in May 2015, quickly progressing to Director and registered manager of the hospice.
During the last 3 years, she has taken the lead on developing the Heart of Kent Dementia Service, which has grown exponentially and now has over 240 patients, and supported the hospice on a journey improving the CQC rating from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Outstanding’ in one year (Feb 2017).