Meet Our Paediatric Team

Deborah Bennion

Associate Nursing Director - Pediatric

I have been a qualified children’s nurse since 1994, working largely at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
During this time, I have looked after children with both complex medical and surgical problems, and specialised within Paediatric Oncology.
I have been a Deputy ward Manager for over five years, and my last position was Senior Staff Nurse for Quality. This role taught me about how to raise quality standards through clinical audits, questionnaires, research and Government agendas and targets.
I feel that this knowledge and experience has been of great benefit and relevance for me to be able to grow and develop the Paediatric team at AMG Nursing and Care Services.
Within the paediatric department we are now able to offer our clients packages of care that will be case managed by a specialist nurse with relevant experience to child’s individual needs. All care provided will be focused upon delivering the best quality of care, and ensuring the client receives a professional client experience throughout the journey.

Caroline Whitehurst

Associate Nursing Director - Trainer

I am a Registered Children’s Nurse who trained and worked at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for many years prior to joining AMG.
I have enjoyed a varied career working in many areas including intensive and high dependency care, more recently I was the deputy ward manager working with children with complex medical and respiratory healthcare requirements.
Prior to joining AMG I was the Professional Development Lead for Child Health which encompassed mentoring of newly qualified staff nurses and supporting staff with their professional learning and development.
I am passionate about ensuring that children receive safe, compassionate care, and believe that care should, where possible, be with the family in the child’s own home. I strongly believe that having the Children’s team at AMG who are all appropriately trained, very experienced staff we can support our staff to provide care for children that puts the child at the centre of everything that we do and considering the needs and wishes of the family first and foremost.
At AMG I am responsible for the training and ongoing development of staff, and over the past few months we have seen the introduction of a new programme of induction training which provides all new staff joining AMG with the key skills and knowledge to ensure that the care we provide is safe, compassionate and in line with current evidence based practice.
you will find that unlike most other companies, our training is provided not only by our training but also very experienced Registered Nurses, this way we can ensure that you really understand about the key aspects of care and delivery and of the standard of care we expect from our carers.
When you are working for us you will find there are many opportunities to develop your knowledge and skill through the variety of training days that we offer. In addition we provide, if required, specialist training from our nursing team to enable for you to provide care for our clients who require more complex support.

Gillian Pickerill

Paediatric Case Manager

I joined AMG in January 2014 having being a dual qualified nurse in adults and children since 1982. During this time I have also gained my diploma in nursing, working with children with complex health needs and specialising in paediatric oncology. In 2003 I qualified as a Specialist Practitioner in Community Children’s nursing. Working as a Community Children’s Nurse (CCN) has given me the skills to encompass a diverse and dynamic approach to delivering care to children within their own homes and support their families. The role as a CCN gave me skills that encompass education, training and emotional support coupled with expert clinical interventions.
This has given me the knowledge and skills to work for AMG in a new developing paediatric team.
My current role in AMG as a paediatric case manager is taking the lead role on packages providing care to children at home and within the community with a variety of complex health care needs including children requiring end of life support at home.

Julie Keeling

Paediatric Case Manager

I have been a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse for over twenty years. Before joining AMG in February 2014, I worked on a busy children’s ward, caring for children with a wide variety of medical conditions, and complex care needs. Over the last ten years I have gained experience of caring for children in a High Dependency setting, caring for children with non-invasive ventilation i.e. Bipap, Optiflow and children with Tracheostomies. During my time on the ward I was a student mentor and assessor, so therefore I have the necessary qualifications and experience to carry over into my new role within AMG, to perform training and competencies of nursing and care staff.

Anne Wildblood

Lead Nurse

Anne is both a Registered General Nurse (RGN) and a Registered Sick Children's Nurse (RSCN). Anne trained at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, and then trained as a RSCN at Birmingham Children's Hospital, where she also completed her Paediatric Intensive Care Training (PICU). Anne completed her Public Health Degree (School Nursing) at Wolverhampton University.

Anne worked as a RGN at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital and the Birmingham Accident Hospital, then as a RSCN at the City General Hospital, Stoke (now Royal Stoke University Hospital) on the general Paediatric ward in Paediatric Intensive Care, for 8 years. This was followed by 8 years as a School Nurse, 4 years as the Immunisation Officer at the strategic Health Authority, whilst simultaneously working for the Contraception and Sexual Health Service for 10 years. Anne then worked for 3 1/2 years with the Blood Service in the Birmingham and Stoke Blood Donor Centres, prior to joining AMG as a part time Competency Nurse for the Complex Care Team in 2014, training carers working on complex care packages. In 2015, Anne was promoted to Lead Nurse for Adult Complex Care in the Stone, Burton and Chesterfield branches. Also in 2015, Anne took up an interim post as the Lead Nurse for Paediatrics in the Stone and Crewe branches. Within this role Anne supports the branches to set up complex care packages by carrying out nursing and risk assessments, formulating care plans and over seeing the training and competency assessment for staff delivering care on the complex packages. Anne is a member of The Royal College of Nursing.

Rachel Brown

Lead Learning Disability Nurse

Rachel qualified as a registered Nurse in Learning disabilities in 2006 and has since worked across both public and private sectors in both Learning Disabilities and Mental Health establishments. Rachel has a breadth of experience across a range of service providers including residential homes for people with challenging behaviour and complex health needs, behavioural rehabilitation, mental health assessment and eating disorders.
Rachel joined AMG in 2015 to undertake the role as a Lead Nurse for Learning Disabilities across all AMG branches. The vision being to expand services across all branches and ensure high quality, person centred care is delivered, drawing on previous training as a paediatric clients who require specialist input, working in close contact with other services. Rachel has developed a learning disability and challenging behaviour awareness training package to deliver across all branches. Additionally, Rachel undertakes client specific training based on individual client needs to ensure a consistent approach is incorporated into their care.