Nursing at Epilepsy Society
Clinical nurse manager Santha Carthiyaniamma has been working at Epilepsy Society's specialist nursing care home, Queen Elizabeth House in Buckinghamshire, for 13 years. She particularly wanted to work alongside people with epilepsy after her own experience of caring for her daughter who had seizures.
Santha with Andrew at Queen Elizabeth House.
'I have experience in having managed my daughter's seizures. My daughter was diagnosed with meningitis at eight month old and experienced seizures so I know what it is like having to cope with them. Thankfully, with effective management my daughter got better and has completed her medical degree. She is currently specialising as a general practitioner.
'As a mother, a carer and a nurse, I experienced very difficult situations and was helpless at times. I was supported by kind and expert medical and nursing staff and realised the value of reassurance and epilepsy support from them.
‘Since then I decided to focus on my career in epilepsy support.and reassure other families who may be suffering as I did.
Santha and Andrew with support worker, Fattima
'I really like the holistic, person-centred care that is offered at Epilepsy Society. Working here is like being part of a family.
'The residents can have communication difficulties and challenging behaviour either caused by their epilepsy, medication, or other neurological conditions. But we manage this by knowing how best to support and understand them.
'Epilepsy Society provides us with all the training and development necessary to support every resident to enjoy a good quality of life. It is very rewarding to see a smile on the face of someone we care for on a day to day basis. It is privilege for me to work in such a world recognised organisation where all staff are equally valued and where high quality of care is being delivered by staff from different countries with different cultures and beliefs.
'We all believe in one “goal” to meet the vision and mission of Epilepsy Society.'
Work at Epilepsy Society