Ange Howling, Head of Infection Prevention
Since qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 1992, at Sandwell School of Nursing and Midwifery, I had been working in Lancashire until recent months. My career has spanned both the NHS and independent sector of healthcare within acute, primary and secondary services covering physical, offender and mental health services. My career has enabled me to gain a wealth of clinical, managerial and leadership experience at both operational and strategic levels in both provider and commissioning organisations. My roles have have allowed me the opportunities to be involved in a number of national initiatives including working as part of Expert Reference Groups for the DoH and NW Shared Business Services supporting the Lord Carter initiative, the development of national core competencies for Infection Prevention Nurses and the development of national cleanliness standards for leisure facilities.
For many years, within numerous organisations, I worked alongside and supported the Council of Governors, Health Watch, patient focused forums, CQC and the DoH in terms of the wider healthcare agenda in order to work in a collaborative manner with patients accessing and attempting to access healthcare services. My roles, over the years, have included GP Treatment Room Nursing, GP Practice Nursing, nursing home Matron, Bed Manager, Ward manager, Matron and Service Lead. During this period, I have managed and lead services through transitional change including one recovery post taking a failing community inpatient service from requiring improvement to good.
Prior to moving to ROH my senior nurse leadership role, within University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay FT, provided me with a wide and varied portfolio managing infection prevention, tissue viability and vascular services with the addition of projects to support the Trust's Quality Agenda for patient safety. As a member of the Executive Chief Nurses Accountable Team we were accountable for nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare professional decision making for the Better Care Together / STP across the Lancashire / Cumbria footprint from an acute sector perspective.
The last 19 years of my career has been spent, predominately, working as an infection preventionist where I have continued to strive for consistency and equality within healthcare and believe that working as a healthcare professional is a privileged position and in order to deliver clean safe care that is quality driven it needs to be patient focused. These beliefs dovetail with ROH Values and my intention is to provide ROH with stability and confidence that the infection prevention agenda is being supported by a specialist team and infection prevention remains at the centre of care delivery.