Julia is Almond Care’s Clinical Director. She qualified as a general nurse, spending over a decade in the NHS and private sector.
Julia has vast experience putting into place complex care packages for both adults and children with spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, acquired brain injuries and long-term ventilation.
Before qualifying as a nurse, Julia worked in community and nursing homes as a healthcare worker, where she gained her passion and career-long commitment to caring for the disabled or seriously injured.
Julia trained as a Nurse at Coventry University, qualifying in 2003, and worked at a number of hospitals including University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW).
She was also active in back care and became a moving and handling trainer. She gained skills in mentoring and assessing by teaching nursing students in the critical care unit. In 2010, Julia left Cardiothoracic Critical Care and went to work in General Critical Care where she gained knowledge on neurological conditions.
She looked after patients with traumatic spinal cord injury and brain injury. She also worked in the community looking after paediatrics and adults on long-term ventilation with Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and other Neurological Conditions.
To consolidate her paediatric skills Julia worked in a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit that specialises in Congenital Heart Disease.
Julia is experienced in setting up and managing 24-hour complex care packages in the community and after leaving nursing she became a Neurological Specialist Case Manager, carrying out Paediatric and Adult Immediate Needs Assessments or Initial Case Management Assessments as well as on-going Case Management.
Julia has been responsible for the recruitment of large staff teams, their induction and training and day-to-day management.
Julia has a BSc in Adult Nursing and Mentoring and Assessing in Practice (ENB998)
She is registered with the NMC and is a member of the RCN, BABICM, CMSUK and Paediatric Palliative Care Forum, RCN Children & Young People Specialist Care Forum and RCN Children and Young People Continuing & Community Care forum.
Lead Nurse Adults and Paediatrics
Fungai Kudyarawanza joined Almond Care in June 2019 as Lead Nurse, Adults and Paediatrics. She has strong experience in complex and critical care in the community.
Prior to joining Almond Care, Fungai gained experience as a nurse specialising in gastroenterology, before spending 10 years as a nurse specialising in intensive care within the NHS.
She holds a number of additional qualifications, including in palliative care and in bereavement, grief and loss.
In her spare time, Fungai enjoys socialising and gardening.
Clinical Specialist Nurse
Maggie Hart joined Almond Care as Clinical Lead Nurse in March 2019, bringing with her a wealth of experienced gained over the course of 12 years of nursing, including six years working in intensive care.
She overseas a team of nine nurses and carers, supervising them and overseeing any issues that arise within care packages.
Maggie says that she enjoys working at Almond Care because of the opportunities to work one-to-one with clients in the community.
In her free time, Maggie enjoys horse riding and hill walking.
Specialist Nurse Adults
Justine Luzinda is a Registered Nurse specialising in Complex Care at Almond Care, who has more than 25 years’ experience of nursing, including more than 16 in the NHS.
She looks after complex care clients, including those with tracheostomies and provides training on care plans to other nurses and carers at Almond Care.
Prior to joining Almond Care, Justine spent a number of years in Dubai working in intensive care.
In her spare time, she enjoys music, travel and socialising.
Louise Nesbit joined Almond Care in April 2019 as Registered Manager.
Prior to joining Almond Care, Louise spent 16 years as a manager with a large care provider in the community.
Away from the office, Louise enjoys gardening, Gaelic Football and playing pool.