Wendy is chair of the Association of Child Protection Professionals (formerly BASPCAN) and took up this three year post in November 2018.

 Wendy Thorogood is a retired Designated Nurse Consultant for children with NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) based in Dorchester and 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 ;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;identifying and taking appropriate action on key risks and issues across commissioned services that may affect safeguarding of children, young people.

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

Tammy Bank, Interim Consultant Director, speaks to Wendy about her career in nursing and safeguarding.