Laura qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in August 2020 and went on to work at an inpatient child and adolescent mental health ward.

During her time there, she completed the Early Career Nurse Leadership programme with The Florence Nightingale Foundation which included taking part in a session with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for Leadership. She has made the most of other CPD opportunities and has progressed to become a Band 7 Mental Health Practitioner, responsible for developing new roles and services. 

Laura says: “Within this role, I have found a further passion for supporting people requiring immediate support and seeking a safe place to voice what they’re currently going through. People would leave the service after having spoken to someone, seeming lighter and brighter. I may not have taken their problems away but supporting them through finding solutions and offering advice can make such a difference.”


Name: Laura Mann
Age: 28
Job role: Specialist Practitioner
Organisation: Dorset HealthCare
Course studied: BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing
Graduated: 2020

What their colleagues say

Laura supports people with the utmost professionalism and candour. In fact, she would accept the most difficult of cases and turn them around to give people hope and a sense of self.  She has forged her career path deliberately so that it aligns with her own values and provides an outstanding service, all while climbing up the leadership ladder within the NHS. Laura is making an impact and is someone to watch when it comes to creating new services in healthcare that are relevant to our ever-changing society.”

Jayandrie Chetty – Dorset HealthCare