Spotlight on… Jummy Dawodu
Jummy Dawodu leads the Community Nursing team, which is part of Evelina London Children’s Healthcare. She is based at Sunshine House in Peckham, where they provide community health services to children and young people across Lambeth and Southwark. They help to bring hospital care closer to people who may not need mainstream medical treatment, but still require some form of support.
Whilst she doesn’t often have face-to-face contact with patients - or, 'clients' as they are usually referred to - Jummy’s role of managing the team of Community Nurses is vital to maintaining the high level of care provided to children, young people and their families within the hospital's community.
What is the name of your role?
Head of Universal Children’s Services and Head of Nursing.
Which part of Evelina London Children’s Hospital (Healthcare) do you work in?
Community Children’s Nursing. This covers services in the community for children and young people up to the age of 19. There are a number of nursing disciplines under the collective umbrella of community children’s nursing.
Complex needs nursing supports children and young people with additional needs either in their homes or in schools. Health Visiting offers health promotion and protection, such as immunisations and safeguarding to the under-fives, and School Nursing provides this to the school aged population. We also give advice and support for children who have been place in local authority care. We run a Family Nurse Partnership which works with pregnant teenagers (up to 19 years and 364 days) and continuous intensive support right up to when their baby is two years of age. And we provide genetic, newborn and pre-conceptual screening and counselling for clients with sickle cell or thalassaemia.
What does a typical day look like for you?
My role entails being responsible for the overall management of universal services, so there is a lot to cover. My job varies between attending meetings and being at ad hoc clinical sessions. Also, a large part of it is ensuring structures are in place to maintain high quality service to children and their families, and to support managers to deal with day-to-day service needs.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy the fact that no two days are the same and it is such a rewarding job. As my role includes supporting nurses and health visitors who are specialists in different areas of community children’s nursing, I enjoy being able to be involved in the delivery of front line care as and when my diary permits.
It is also a privilege to work with different colleagues who may either be involved in front line nursing care, supervisory roles, or setting the scene for ensuring national guidelines are implemented in practice.
Which part of your job is most challenging?
Finding the time to do all the things that are required of my role!
What is your favourite thing about Evelina London?
The overwhelming sense of pride observed in colleagues; how we collectively strive to make a difference to the children, young people and their families that we have the privilege of caring for.
What’s your proudest achievement in your career to date?
What I am doing right now: leading the development and maintenance of an integrated specialist children’s service.
What do you like to do outside of work in your free time?
I love singing and travelling. I also serve as an Associate Minister in my Church.
Name one thing that the patients might not know about you.
As I do not have regular direct access to patients/clients this is difficult to answer, but perhaps the fact that I am a Christian Minister.
If you could only take one thing to a desert island, what would it be?
A solar powered IT tablet (if such a thing existed)!
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