We want to reassure you Sunflowers Care is taking all the necessary precautions and that we are continually monitoring official advice from Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England.
Currently our advice to families and staff is that they need not take any extra precautions to those being advised by the NHS and PHE.
We are limiting visitors to families and those who are essential to the child’s health and wellbeing.
We are asking visitors and staff not to attend if they have had contact with somebody who has symptoms of the virus or if they themselves are experiencing symptoms, such as a new, continuous cough and/or high temperature of 37.8 and above. The children and young people who receive care from us can be particularly vulnerable to respiratory infections and must be our priority.
We thank those visitors this may affect for their understanding and, of course, wish them well.
We would like to reassure families and supporters that we are planning ahead to minimise any impacts.
Updates will be made as and when necessary, in line with the latest government guidance.
Lucy trained as a General Nurse at Watford General Hospital in 1987. After qualifying she worked briefly in Adult Orthopaedic care before moving on to a children’s ward at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. Lucy completed her Diploma in Children’s Nursing in 1995 before going on to work in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Addenbrookes.
Lucy next embarked on a career in Community Children’s Nursing where she worked for 11 years, looking after children and families in their own home and managing a team of nurses. Lucy was instrumental in setting up the Diana Community Children’s Nursing Team in Cambridge. Lucy’s last post before setting up Sunflowers was as the WellChild Nurse in Addenbrookes, ensuring the safe discharge home of Children with Complex Health Needs.
During this time Lucy has raised two boys, one husband and a few chickens.
Karen Higgins Clinical Director
RGN RN Child(Dip)
In 1988 Karen trained as an adult nurse at Addenbrookes Hospital before training as a Children’s nurse at Great Ormond Street in London. Since then Karen has worked at both hospitals as well as a school for children with profound learning needs. She worked in a Children’s Intensive Care Unit for three years and trained as a specialist PICU nurse. She then worked as a Sister on a general paediatric ward before becoming manager of a paediatric unit at a district general hospital.
Karen then set up a childrens unit in a busy Emergency Department before changing course and embarking on a career in the Community Children’s Nursing Team, where she managed the Continuing Care Team. Her final post before Sunflowers was as an Epilepsy Nurse Specialist in Addenbrookes,
Karen was also the 2010 winner of the WellChild Award in the ‘Nurse’ category and is also the Caldicott Guardian for Sunflowers.
During this time Karen has renovated four houses with her husband of 16 years.
Heather Forder Service Manager
Heather is responsible for the day to day operational management at Sunflowers. She has over fifteen years’ experience in Social Care having worked with disabled children and adults as a support worker before moving to Cambridge to train as a Social Worker. Once qualified, Heather worked for the Family Link Team of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Fostering and Adoption Service before moving to Scope’s Fostering Service, first as a practitioner and then as Registered Manager.
Helen Rudd Lead Nurse
BSc Nursing Practice (Child)
Helen qualified as a Children’s Nurse in 2005, training at West Suffolk Hospital. Since then, she has worked at hospitals across the region including Ipswich, West Suffolk and Addenbrookes.
For the past 9 years Helen has worked for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, providing care to children and young people with life-limiting conditions. Her most recent role was Deputy Service Manager at The Treehouse Hospice in Ipswich.
Helen will be the Safeguarding Lead at Sunflowers.
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