Tammy Banks, Interim Consultant Director of the AoCPP, speaks to Wendy Thorogood, our Chair, about her career in nursing and safeguarding

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Welcome to our new podcast series, Meet the Trustees, where we'll be exploring the careers and experiences of our Trustees. We'll be hearing about their early days in frontline roles, and following their career paths to the positions that they hold today.

In today's episode Tammy Banks, the Association's Interim Consultant Director, speaks to Wendy Thorogood, our Chair, about:

  • The early days of Wendy's nursing career and the challenges she faced
  • How the health sector has changed over the course of Wendy's career
  • What steps Wendy took to progress in her career and how the AoCPP (formerly BASPCAN) supported her in doing so
  • What changes Wendy would like to see in the child protection and safeguarding sector
  • And much more...

Wendy Thorogood is a retired Designated Nurse Consultant for children with NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) based in Dorchester. She trained at St Guy's hospital in London, specialising in child and adult nursing intensive care and cardiac and renal transplants.

Wendy delivered the national leadership programme for safeguarding for the Department of Health and worked directly with the NHS Confederation in relation to current changes, including: providing assurance that current and future providers of services are compliant in relation to safeguarding national and local standards; working with Lead Commissioners and the performance team to develop agreed key performance indicators and safety metrics for providers; and identifying and taking appropriate action on key risks and issues across commissioned services that may affect safeguarding of children and young people.

Wendy has also spent time working in a maternity unit in South Africa in a maternity unit and a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) in Kent. She has also worked with drug users to improve maternal care - a project that still runs today.

Tammy Banks is Director of Taye training and Founder of the Training 4 Influence methodology. Alongside being AoCPP Interim Director she also leads Taye Training and sits on the Parliamentary Committee for Standards.

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Would you like to learn more from this discussion? If you are a member, you can access extra resources created by our podcast guests and kindly made accessible to AoCPP members via our members website.

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For those listening in the future, this episode is being recorded and published while the UK (and the world) is deep in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many frontline professionals are finding themselves overworked, time poor and confused as government guidance is changing daily. To alleviate the pressure child protection professionals are under, we have created the AoCPP Podcast, to provide support to the professionals who continue to serve our communities, vulnerable children and families in unprecedented circumstances.

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