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Vicky Hunt

Vicky HuntI have been employed  by  University  Hospitals Bristol since 1991 when I began working as a medical laboratory assistant in Haematology and Blood Transfusion laboratories. Whilst in this role I had the opportunity to work with other staff groups and saw that there were many career opportunities.

Over time I became interested in a career in nursing and began working as a nursing auxiliary at BHOC. With encouragement from my ward manager and flexibility in my working hours I was able to complete an Access to nursing course at City of Bristol College.

This led me onto a degree in adult nursing at the University of the West of England (UWE). I was fortunate to have all my hospital placements at UHBristol and experience many different specialities including cardiac surgery, Bristol eye hospital and ear nose and throat.

Upon qualifying as a staff nurse I chose to stay at UHBristol and was lucky enough to work on the hepatology ward later moving onto endoscopy, day surgery and then as an Alcohol Nurse Specialist.

"I have been very well supported, encouraged and developed by numerous managers and colleagues over the years and feel proud to say I have spent over 20 years working here and would recommend it to anyone starting their nursing career."

I have been working as a Hepatology Clinical Nurse Specialist since 2013 and look after people with many of the complications associated with liver cirrhosis such as hepatocellular carcinoma, abdominal ascites. I feel privileged to be part of a supportive multidisciplinary team and we strive to give patients with liver disease the best care possible taking part in numerous clinical trials bringing new treatments to patients.