Celebrating our Nurses – Thomas Dowle

Date: 03 August 2020

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2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife – a chance for us to shine the light on some of the amazing nurses who make up our diverse workforce.

Here Thomas Dowle, Interim Deputy Head of Nursing in Enfield Community Services tells us what he enjoys about his job.

Why did you want to be a nurse?

I always knew I wanted to work in the public sector. I didn’t want to sit behind a desk all day. I was drawn to nursing as I wanted to make an impact on patients’ lives.

What has been your career route up to now?

I have worked mostly in critical care – Emergency Departments and Intensive Care Units (ICUs). I stepped out of ICU to lead the Respiratory Care Unit at Barnet Hospital which I did for four years. I was also a Critical Care Outreach Nurse reviewing unwell patients who may have needed admission to ICU. I then became the lead for the Camden Rapid Access Service. This service prevented admissions to hospital and then accelerated patients’ discharge back into their own homes. I led this team for three years and undertook work around admission avoidance which has been adopted across North Central London. I then joined BEH in December 2019.

What drew you to BEH

Enfield Community Services are going through a transformation and I was attracted by the prospect of setting up and driving forward a new service.

What does your team do?

I have been seconded into the Deputy Head of Nursing role for ECS. This role is to work in collaboration with Head of Nursing to provide leadership, system oversight and coordination for services across Enfield to develop integrated pathways. The biggest part for me is to bring vision to the Nurses and AHPs. The role is to work with service leads to bring quality assurance to the division.

It is a new and exciting challenge for me.

Describe your average week

Busy! I send time with all the teams, I discuss clinical issues and give advice on how to resolve these. I have strategic meetings with stakeholders, including commissioners, Primary Care Networks, GPs and acute providers which enables me to contribute to the development of our services. With my new role I will be heavily influencing quality within the division.

What skills do use most in your day-to-day job?

Communication, compassion, time management, strategic planning and emotional intelligence.

I also use Twitter to promote the work I and the team do. It’s great for networking and learning what others are doing in the NHS. Follow me @ThomasDowle 

What’s the best thing about your job?

Being able to influence the care that is delivered to patients is the best part of my job. The Trust wants to improve services and allows me to think outside the box! I’ve had access to coaching and mentoring opportunities to support me.

What do you see as your role in helping BEH achieve our Fit for the Future Strategy?

My role feeds into the strategy, everything I am leading on will ensure our services are world class, fit for our community and resilient.

 If you could tell someone who is looking to apply to work here one thing about BEH, what would it be?

The organisation is going places, willing to change and open to new ideas.

What alternative career might you have liked to follow?

I don’t know what else I would do if I couldn’t be a nurse. Maybe the police.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I am an officer in the Royal Air Force Air Cadets. I am the commanding officer of a squadron and have 32 cadets and five staff members. I attend once a week and also do weekend activities.

 

  • Summary:

    2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife – a chance for us to shine the light on some of the amazing nurses who make up our diverse workforce.

    Here Thomas Dowle, Interim Deputy Head of Nursing in Enfield Community Services tells us what he enjoys about his job.