Natalie trained at De Montfort University and after qualifying in 2001 returned home to Devon where she began her career as a staff nurse on a colorectal surgical ward. Natalie has experience as a prison nurse as well as working for Fresenius Kabi and Calea as a home nutrition nurse. This was where Natalie really found her passion for nutrition support. The role, although geographically challenging, was rewarding as Natalie experienced the difference she was able to make by supporting people at home. A secondment opportunity soon arose to work with the nutrition support team at the prestigious St Marks in Harrow in which Calea and Fresenius Kabi released Natalie for nearly 3 years to continue to build her portfolio of experience in caring for some of the most complex patients requiring nutritional care.
In order to best support her family, Natalie and her husband decided to move up north and Natalie began a substantive post at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust. Natalie’s commitment to improve nutrition with the support of senior nursing leadership has started to see the profile of the service gain real momentum. Natalie was nominated for a British Journal of Nursing; Nutrition Nurse of the Year award in 2017 and was appointed to the NNNG committee, which she describes as a real opportunity to continue her development both locally and nationally.