Sarah qualified in 1988 gaining a variety of experience in surgery, urology and ophthalmology. In 1991 she moved to a general intensive care unit and has been working in critical care for the last 18 years.
Since 2000 Sarah has been involved the Critical Care Outreach Service at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and is currently the Lead Nurse. The team provides a 24-hour critical care outreach service across 3 hospital sites. Sarah has implemented an early warning scoring system which is now used Trust wide and has worked with colleagues on initiatives to improve the standards of observations within the Trust. This has involved developing education packages for staff, redesigning observation charts and conducting audit to evaluate standards of observations and recognition of the deteriorating patient.
Sarah completed an MSc in 2003, with a dissertation focusing on MEWS user satisfaction. She is actively involved in the development of future strategies for the care of the acutely and critically ill patients within the Trust, including ‘Hospital at Night', multidisciplinary education and development of new roles. She is currently Secretary on the Executive Board of the National Outreach Forum and is also an Associate Clinical Lecturer at Warwick University.