Head Nurse & Urogynaecology Specialist
My name is Valerie Millen, I graduated from the University of Ulster with an Honours Degree in Adult Nursing and I have worked in the Gynaecology setting within the NHS for the last twelve years, mainly specialising in Urogynaecology and carrying out Nurse led Urodynamics clinics. I have completed and successfully obtained the Non- Medical Nurse Prescribing qualification from Queens University Belfast in 2014. I have trained at Southmead Hospital in Bristol where I obtained my certificate in Urodynamics and recently I attended a Urodynamics and Botox masterclass in Manchester.
Urinary incontinence affects two out of three women, and yet many do not seek help mainly due to embarrassment. In my daily role as a urogynae Nurse Specialist, I see the negative impact that bladder problems have on a person’s social, work-life balance, sexual relationships, sleep patterns and the emotional well- being of the person. I see approximately thirty ladies per month who are bothered with urinary incontinence symptoms; a sensitive issue however by coming along and talking to a health professional is the first step to get working on a treatment plan.
I love working in Urogynae and being able to see patients’ symptoms improve with either medication, lifestyle management, bladder retraining etc. is very worthwhile and rewarding indeed.