A senior health visitor is set to retire after 44 years of service in the NHS.
Health visitor Sue France was presented with flowers by Director of Nursing Alice Webster at a recent Health Visitors Celebration Day.
Sue began her nursing career with Queen Alexandra’s Royal Navy Nursing service in 1971. She remarked: “Those were the days of traditional nursing uniforms, complicated hats and starched aprons. The training in the Royal Navy was excellent but ward life was very different from how it is today.”
In 1975 she completed her midwifery training working from 1985 at the Buchanan Hospital in St Leonards, followed by a community midwifery post.
In 1993 she began her Health Visitor training, qualifying in September 1994. She later went on to obtain a degree in community health studies in 1995.
Sue France said: “I have spent the last 20 years of my career in health visiting and have enjoyed it immensely. I was fortunate to be based in an excellent GP surgery in Northiam for 16 years and I developed a deep insight into a rural community and a strong relationship with the local population. I have had several management roles over the years but all of them have been alongside my clinical work. I now work with an excellent team in Crowborough and will miss all my colleagues and friends in the NHS when I retire.”
Alice Webster Director of Nursing said, “I worked with Sue at the start of my East Sussex health visiting career. She is a fine example of a nurse and health visitor who has devoted her long career to the care of her patients.”