Maggie qualified as a Registered General Nurse having trained in Cornwall. She worked with older people and developed a special interest in stroke care. Maggie worked as a Staff Nurse and Senior Staff Nurse on care of the elderly wards, before becoming a Ward Manager, all in Cornwall. She was seconded to the job of Assistant Head of Professional Development, dividing her time between this and the role of Ward Manager. Together with colleagues locally and in partnership with the University of Plymouth, Maggie helped develop the first post graduate stroke course in the country.She was appointed as an honorary lecturer by the University of Plymouth.
Maggie became a Stroke Specialist Nurse before being appointed as a Stroke Nurse Consultant and since then has continued to work locally, regionally and nationally. Her roles included Nurse Lead on the South West Strategic Health Authority Stroke Task Force reviewing Stroke Services across the South West and working with the National Stroke Improvement Team, as part of their Transient Ischemic Attack working party to contribute to the development of national policy and guidelines.
Maggie gained experience of the Commissioner’s role in healthcare provision as a Nurse Member on Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Primary CareTrust’s Professional Executive Committee. Maggie retired from nursing in March 2013 and is now also NHS Kernow’s Clinical Lead for Stroke.