Helen Garsed

Please briefly describe your clinical/medical experience to date?

I have worked at Bristol Royal Hospital for Sick Children as a qualified nurse since 1995, caring for a vast range of ages, from neonates to adolescents. I have always felt a deep sense of purpose and dedication to provide care and support to all my patients. My current role at BRHC is clinical nurse specialist for paediatric pain. Pain is feared the most by children and their parents in a hospital setting and my role is to assess, plan and support my patients in their pain management following all specialities, surgical, medical, burns, trauma, transplant, and procedural pain. I really love nursing and particularly enjoy the patient contact.

What motivated you to enter paediatric medical care in the first place?

During my career, I undertook a course that led me on a placement at Bristol children’s hospital and loved the fact that children get better so much quicker than adults! I particularly enjoy the caring for babies and love it when you can spend time just cuddling a baby on the wards!

How will the funding from The Evie Dove Foundation help you to advance your career and your impact/services to children?

I am currently undertaking the Pain Management MSc at Cardiff University. I have already undertaken 3 standalone modules. The master course in Pain Management will develop my abilities to apply up-to-date evidenced based medicine to my patients. I am very dedicated to this course as I realise it is a positive path to develop my knowledge and skill and expertise within the paediatric pain management setting.

How did you find out about The Evie Dove Foundation?

The Faculty of education at that support our hospital passed on the information.

Tell us about yourself!

I live with my husband, two children, and our lovely Hungarian vizsla called Buddy. We all enjoy taking Buddy on long walks, normally followed by a pub lunch ! I also enjoy travelling and experiencing different cultures and local food.

Anything else you would like to tell us about your experience, future aspirations and motivations?

My current nursing role has two main parts, a clinical role, and a teaching role. We run many study days for nursing staff and students. I particularly enjoy teaching and love sharing my knowledge and experiences. The Evie Dove funding will allow me to finish my masters and I will enjoy sharing the new knowledge and skills that I have gained, for which I am very grateful.