Hi, I'm Carrie, I’m a mum to two grown-up daughters, a lover of spin classes, long walks in the country and city breaks. I’m also the Editor and Content Manager of HealthHubble.
Here’s my story:
I was born in Bristol and grew up in Bath with my parents and older brother. My parents were landlords of various country pubs in the surrounding area and my home life was filled with rescue animals and manic schedules. At college, I studied English, Geography and Law and just before my final exams my father suddenly passed away from a heart attack. I was 19 years old.
I carved out a career in the financial services sector and worked for a boutique advisory firm in Bath. However, back in 2007, I had an epiphany moment; ‘There has to be more to life than this’. Now that’s not to say that I wasn’t hugely grateful for the opportunities that were presented to me, or the fun I had working in the financial services industry but I knew that this didn’t satisfy my personal desire to give something back.
In 2008 I joined the NHS, firstly within a clerical role, but swiftly made the transition to a clinical role and loved every minute of it. I was fortunate enough to work within Stroke Rehabilitation wards, Continuing Healthcare Teams, District Nursing Teams, Twilight Palliative Care and finally Cardiac Theatre. The sense of pride still fills me today when I know that my contribution made a difference and I feel eternally grateful to the Lead Nurse who I worked with; who cheered me on all the way. It was a huge privilege to work with each patient and I met some of the kindest and most nurturing individuals in some of the most difficult and harrowing of times. My training and guidance were second to none and I feel honoured to have worked in such an environment.
Having worked front line directly with patients, their support networks; and with the trials and tribulations of family life, I have personally experienced loss, illness and struggles with health and wellbeing. I know how it feels to be a patient, an advocate and a healthcare professional. I appreciate the feelings of frustration when it comes to the fine balancing act of available resources and the need for help and how essential it is for information to be accessible, patient-focused and above all; human.
Through experiences within my own family, I have experienced first-hand the difficulties in gaining diagnoses and the complex journey that these create. I have spent more time than I care to think of asking for second opinions and independently researching alternative treatment routes or supplemental routes that complement the needs of the patient. I also appreciate how it feels to know that had information or access to different treatments been available to patients at an earlier stage, the care you are providing as a clinician might have been negated.
In 2013 I took a break from work to concentrate on my family. I hold these times very closely and feel privileged to have had this opportunity but it didn’t take long for me to feel the call back to the workplace and after nine month’s rest, was working for a media company in the heart of Bristol, travelling the world with my role. As the Group Operations Manager, my role was incredibly diverse and the need to work on an international business level was essential. I drew my resilience from my time in the NHS and built strategic business relationships that still remain today. I understand from very personal experience the tenacity and fluidity required to foster mutually beneficial and supportive business relationships and my exposure to working with some of the biggest names in the Yachting Industry I hold with pride. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with and supporting start-up businesses and watching them grow into successful organisations as well as work cohesively with industry giants.
This patchwork quilt of a journey has led me to my role within HealthHubble and the passion that fuels me in respect of providing access to information and support; and the diverse routes where these can be found; whilst working with businesses to bring about awareness and growth. I am a firm believer that empowerment through education and information can enhance a patient’s journey and, in many instances lead to much happier and healthier outcomes. I know this can be achieved and shared by HealthHubble and welcome the opportunity to bring this to life.
If you have any thoughts that will help HealthHubble evolve, please do get in touch.