A DEDICATED nurse who has clocked up 34 years service in the NHS, bid farewell to her colleagues after retiring from her post in Solihull.
Kim Probert, a designated nurse for safeguarding children with Solihull NHS Care Trust, began her career in the 1970s as a cadet nurse with the Birmingham and Midland Eye Hospital, before completing her registered general nurse training at East Birminghgam Hospital.
The 50-year-old later took up roles of staff nurse and ward sister and, after having her two children, trained to be a midwife.
In 1995, she became nurse specialist for child protection in Birmingham before returning to Solihull in 2001 as a health visitor.
She took up the permanent position of named nurse for child protection in June 2003 before being promoted to designated nurse for safeguarding children in 2006.
A large part of her job for the past three years has involved working alongside children and young people and preventing them from becoming exposed to significant harm - a role she carried out in partnership with police, education, children’s social care services, housing and other voluntary agencies.
Kim, said: “As you can imagine safeguarding children is one of the most difficult and challenging aspects of a frontline health professional’s role. What has never ceased to amaze me is the willingness and capacity of the staff, at the trust that I work alongside, in taking on new dimensions of this area and incorporating this into the daily work routine.”
“I am sure that all of this hard work will continue to ensure that all of the children, young people and families within the Solihull borough are offered support and resources necessary to be able to start off their lives in a safe, healthy and loving home.”
Sally Burton, chief executive, Solihull NHS Care Trust, said: “During her time at the trust, Kim has received our unsung hero award in recognition of her loyalty, dedication, flexibility and hard work. Her 34 years with the NHS reinforce that dedication and loyalty.”
“I am sure I am joined by all of Kim’s friends and colleagues in wishing her a long and happy retirement, she deserves it.”