Name: Carol Killa
Job title: Director of Care Services
Speciality: Children's hospice
Organisation: Ty Hafan Children's Hospice, Sully
What is your current role?
Executive Director of Care Services.
What was your route to this role?
Health Visiting, Looked After Children's Health Visiting, Corporate Nursing.
What prompted you to do this role?
To be able to work in a strategic manner to develop services which benefit children and families across Wales, while still being able to interact with families.
What education/courses/modules have you undertaken to equip you for the role?
- MA child welfare, applied childhood studies
- Middle management leadership course
- Summer school senior management development course
How do you see yourself developing your skills?
- Linking with colleagues across the UK
- Ongoing research in children's hospice provision
- Attendance at conferences and study days
- Strategic links across Wales
What is your long-term career plan?
I'm at the end of my career but remain keen to share my experience and knowledge in any way that benefits service users and colleagues.
What advice would you give someone thinking about moving to work in your area of practice?
That you are still a nurse at all levels and you can plan care and problem solve and really make a difference to families and children if you retain compassion, commitment and advocate for your patients in all spheres of health and social care. Sometimes moving away from direct care is challenging but necessary to be the nurse you were meant to be (it's not always what you expected).
What do you most enjoy about this area of care?
Being able to make a difference from families in circumstances none of us would ever wish to face.