Sarah Bidgood

Please briefly describe your clinical/medical experience to date?

I trained as a children’s nurse in the early 1990s and worked in children’s emergency departments across London for over 20 years. I also worked in paediatric and neonatal intensive care units, although I preferred the unpredictable nature of emergency nursing. In 2007 I discovered the world of allergy, after I fed my oldest son scrambled egg at 6 months old. I was hooked and worked as a paediatric allergy Clinical Nurse Specialist for 10 years. During this time, I trained as a Children’s Advanced Nurse Practitioner, gaining an MSc. I now work in acute paediatrics and paediatric allergy at a district general hospital. I love the balance of working independently in acute/emergency care and with children who have long term allergic conditions. Both aspects of my job are so rewarding and enjoyable.

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

I have always enjoyed working with children; they are so interesting, upbeat and resilient. I worked with children with special needs when I was a teenager and have never looked back.

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

The funding will mean I can complete the second year (Postgraduate Diploma) of the Allergy MSc at Imperial College London. This will directly benefit my patients and their families by giving me the tools to provide excellent evidence-based care, informed by expert education. I will also be able to act as a resource for my allergy colleagues, unifying the team’s approach and ensuring we give the best quality care every time. Children with allergies (and their families) often miss out on so much, particularly socially, so being able to do our best for them is really important to me both as a nurse and as the mum of a child who had allergies in early childhood.

How did you find out about The Evie Dove Foundation?

A fellow student on the Allergy MSc course told me about the Evie Dove Foundation. Since gaining funding, I have been loudly advertising the foundation at my own workplace, where we are busy developing and expanding several clinical paediatric services. I found reading about Evie’s great legacy very moving; The Evie Dove Foundation are doing great work to improve paediatric care in memory of their beautiful daughter, who must be missed so much.

Tell us about yourself!

I live in South London with my husband and teenage sons, who keep me busy. Aside from working and studying, I am a bit obsessed with yoga and have a regular practice and have future plans to train as a yoga teacher. I also run (slowly!) and if I am feeling community-spirited will volunteer at my local Parkrun. As a family, we share a love of music and comedy.