Meet Mirelle, Eltham's new Care Service Lead

18 January 2019
It's our pleasure to introduce you to Mirelle Cassidy, who's just joined #TeamDemelza as our Care Service Lead in South East London. What does that mean? She'll be helping to shape the future of the care and support that we provide to children and families in the area. Learn more about Mirelle in her own words.

"I feel very privileged to have been afforded this opportunity to work with Demelza Hospice Care for Children, and over the coming weeks and months I very much look forward to getting to know everyone within the Demelza Community both internally and externally.

To give you a little bit of background I am a paediatric nurse with over 20 years of experience. I trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital and spent the early years of my career working there on the haematology/oncology unit before moving to the Peadiatric Intenstive Care Unit. In 2009 I left GOSH and the NHS to take up the post as a nurse co-ordinator for a private provider delivering care to children and young people with complex health needs and life limiting conditions within the family home and the wider community; it is this role that has lead me to where I find myself today. 

Over the last 10 years I have had the good fortune to work in a variety of roles that have all centred around complex health care including both direct clinical care and managerial roles.  Most latterly my focus has been on the review and re-structuring of children and young people’s continuing care services in various clinical commissioning groups.

I first became aware of Demelza 16 years ago when I moved to the South East London around the time of the fundraising drive to raise money for the hopsice facilities in Eltham, and I cannot believe that it is now 10 years since the doors were officially opened. Professionally, I have cared for children and young people that have benefited from the incredible service that Demelza provides and often thought how much I would like to be a part of such a fantastic team. When the opportunity arose to apply for the Care Service Lead I jumped on it!

I know only too well the difference that services such as Demelza make to the families and children we care for. My fundamental drive is to ensure exemplary service delivery, whichever role I am undertaking, but to have fun and laughter along the way.  I am passionate about teamwork and all services that a child accesses providing a joined up approach to their overall care, it really does make such a difference to the lives of the families and children we care for.

When not at work I am a busy mum of four children (three girls and a boy), a dog and a cat. When I'm not busy playing taxi of mum, walking the dog or doing the housework, I will more often than not be found near a rugby pitch - supporting, not playing!"