Emma Wadey, Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Patient Experience

Emma is an enthusiastic and motivated nurse with a true passion for innovation in nursing with almost 20 years mental health nursing experience. Emma started her nursing career as a nursing assistant in dementia services and has since worked within community mental health teams, assertive outreach, rehabilitation and recovery, substance misuse, dual diagnosis, prison, acute care and high secure personality disorder services.

Emma is an accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist with a special interest in the treatment of childhood trauma and post traumatic stress disorder and is particularly dedicated to the prevention of suicide, service user and carer engagement and the maintenance of therapeutic boundaries within nursing.

Patient safety is core to Emma’s role and she has helped develop several initiatives in collaboration with peers and other stakeholders. In 2015 Emma worked in partnership with Grassroots and won the Nursing Times Patient safety award for IT for the development of a suicide prevention app. Other projects have included peer and patient safety reviews, information sharing with Network Rail and British Transport Police to help reduce deaths on railway lines and a non-healthcare based place of safety.

Emma is the trust lead for nurse revalidation and is currently undertaking a PhD to understand the experience of parents who have been bereaved by suicide.

In her spare time Emma is a keen runner, competing in the London Marathon this year, parkrun volunteer and shoe shopper.