Annette Thorpe

Children’s Complex Health Nurse

Hi, my name is Annette and I joined the team as a Children’s Complex Health Nurse at the end of November 2022. My role is to focus primarily on those children with complex health needs who require or may require continuing health care both in their own homes or out in the community setting. I qualified as a Paediatric Nurse in 1999 and initially consolidated my training on the paediatric wards in Hull before moving to Neonatal Intensive Care also in Hull where I worked for 16 years. Following time spent with my own son on the paediatric surgery ward I decided to change roles and it was whilst working here that my passion for working with children with complex health needs was reignited. Many had to have complex orthopaedic, gastrointestinal or neurosurgery and I found caring for this group of children and ensuring all their care needs were met and the family well supported to be so important and very rewarding. I moved to work at St Andrews Hospice and met some amazing children and families consolidating my complex health nursing skills and being privileged enough to provide end of life care for some children. Since leaving the hospice I have worked out in the community as a paediatric bowel and bladder nurse and supporting children with complex health needs in their own homes. I am extremely passionate about ensuring that children can fulfil their potential and that families receive the support they need to help their child maximise this potential and lead a full and rewarding life. On a personal level I have 2 grown up children, 2 cats and 2 dogs. I love to be out walking with my dogs, I’m a film buff and love cooking and reading. I’m very happy to be in this role and look forward to making a difference wherever I am able.