As a nurse, Mike’s practice was characterised by compassion, humour and thoughtfulness.
After qualifying from the University of Central England in 1998, he worked at Birmingham Children’s Hospital for several years in paediatric surgery before travelling the world and gaining experience in children’s hospitals in New Zealand and Australia.
Mike began working in general paediatrics at the Whittington Hospital London in 2004, going on to become a charge nurse, then a practice development nurse.
At the time of his death, Mike was the lead for clinical practice education in nursing across children’s services at the Royal Free London. His own practice was driven by interests in compassionate healthcare, adolescent mental health and patient safety.
He completed an MSc in nursing studies in 2016 and was co-lead of the Royal College of Nursing’s children and young people’s education and practice development community.
Mike was most proud of his influential work co-developing a compassionate healthcare model. This pioneering work reflected his own compassionate approach, not only to clinical practice, but in the way he supported and cared for colleagues. His gentle kindness, sharp wit and uncanny ability to find the right words at the right time is remembered fondly by many colleagues.
Mike was a beloved brother, son, uncle and friend, not only a compassionate nurse but a gifted poet and musician, and a passionate activist. He gave so much of himself to so many.
He took his own life as a consequence of debilitating chronic depression which he managed courageously for many years until it became too much to bear. He was a staunch advocate for CALM: The Campaign Against Living miserably and the de-stigmatisation of mental illness.
Patricia, Kate and Margaret