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NHS nurse retires after 50 years’ service


NHS nurse retires after 50 years’ service 

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Jossie Vanderslot, Specialist Nurse Psychological Therapist, joined the NHS over 50 years ago when she started training as a nurse. 

In 2004, Jossie trained in Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and has since been one of the founding members of the DBT service in the Basingstoke Community Mental Health Team for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. DBT is a psychological therapy for patients with emotionally unstable personality disorder, which aims to help people with complex trauma, overcome their difficulties.

Dr Laura Dannahy, DivisionalLead for Psychological Therapies, Mid & North Hampshire, said, “Jossie has made an outstanding contribution to the NHS, having worked within the North Hampshire area for over 50 years. For the past 20 years, she has dedicated her work to offering psychological therapy to enable people to cope with intense emotions, and overcome strong self-harm and suicidal urges. Her commitment to her patients, their families, carers and her colleagues is inspiring. She will be dearly missed by all who have had the privilege of working with and alongside her.”

Jossie has worked tirelessly with service users over the years and has been a mentor to a significant number of trainee nurses throughout her time in the NHS inspiring both professionals and service users alike.

Ron Shields, Chief Executive, said, “Jossie is a fabulous example to us all, a consummate health professional. She has improved people’s lives and is an inspiration to everyone she works with. Even in retirement, she will still be serving the community as a volunteer. We are all proud and privileged to have worked with Jossie and wish her a long, healthy and well-earned retirement.”

More recently, Jossie has also been part of the team facilitating the Family Connections Group. This group aims to support family and carers of those with emotionally unstable personality disorder. Her work with patients is exemplary. One of her patients even published a book on her personal recovery.

Dr Christine Duckley, Vice President and Co-Founder for the Society of DBT, said, "What an astonishing achievement in the service of DBT. The Society holds Jossies attributes in very high regard. Good luck in your retirement, Jossie we are richer for being alongside you in a small part of that journey." 


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