Sarah clarke

I qualified as a Registered nurse in 2006 and after spending 12 months in Critical care within the NHS, I joined the Royal Air Force to further my career in critical care nursing. 

 After 2 years in my first posting in Portsmouth, working on surgical high care and critical care, I deployed on my first of three operational deployments to Afghanistan where I worked on intensive care in the Role 3 Field Hospital. In 2010 the Afghan conflict was at its peak and the experience which I gained working in this austere environment was invaluable. 

I served a total of 9 years in the RAF, during which I undertook Aeromedical evacuation training, an Adult ICU Specialist course  at Oxford Brooks University and gained experience in working in various ICUs up and down the country; I have worked in adult ICUs, neuro and paediatrics whilst on operations. 

My final posting of my military career brought me to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and this is where I have remained since leaving the military in 2017. Since then I have also gained experience in cardiothoracic ICU. 

I have been on the BACCN National Board since 2015 in a Regional advisor role and I am now lead Regional advisor. I also represent the BACCN National Board on the National Organ Donation Committee which meets 3 times a year. 

I am passionate about critical care nursing and my interests are education and research in particular. I am currently working on general ICU at Derriford.