For Quality and Education Lead Kirsty Quibell, joining the care team at Bluebell Wood was an “honour” after long admiring its vital work in her previous NHS roles.

Kirsty has 20 year’s experience in neo-natal and paediatric intensive care, and now she’s using her extensive expertise to help make sure children and families who visit Bluebell Wood continue to receive the best care possible.

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Before joining the charity, Kirsty’s role as a Clinical Educator in the Neonatal Network meant she wasn’t working as closely with children  and families as she would have liked. So, when the opportunity at Bluebell Wood arose, she didn’t hesitate for a second.

“I really missed being around children and families so when the role came up at Bluebell Wood, it was the perfect fit,” said Kirsty.

“I’ve visited the hospice in the past and my close friend is a member of the care team so I’ve known about Bluebell Wood and its amazing, inspirational work for a long time.

“I’ve always had a passion for caring roles and I particularly enjoy working with children and families, whether that’s directly or through education and shaping best practice to make sure they have the best possible care. It’s about empowering the team around you through education and development and it’s something I find incredibly satisfying.

“If I can help to make the most awful, horrifying time of someone’s life just a tiny bit easier, then I’ve done my job.”

While sad things do happen at Bluebell Wood, Kirsty says it’s very much a happy place.

“I remember coming in one day and the children who were visiting for respite care were having such a wonderful time, and all I could hear were the sounds of happiness and laughter."

"Those moments are so lovely and we’re privileged to see so much of it here at Bluebell Wood.

"I love being part of such an amazing, passionate and highly skilled team of nurses and support workers. I feel genuinely honoured to be a part of it.”