Biography of Councillor Paulette Hamilton - Handsworth Wood Ward
In 1987 I qualified as an Enrolled nurse, and commenced my life long learning as an adult. I then qualified as a registered nurse in 1993. Following another period of training at the University of Central England I obtained a degree in nursing and became a qualified District Nurse in 1996.
Further studies enabled me to obtain a management qualification, and my Certificate as a Practice Nurse Teacher. I was then able to develop and assess the needs of district nursing students. I continued as a Nursing Sister until 2001 when I changed direction in my career and became a Sickle Cell and Thalasseamia Nurse Counsellor, until February 2002. This role involved a great deal of travelling, both in the UK and in Europe which I enjoyed, working with pregnant mothers and interacting with families following the birth of babies with life threatening conditions.
I remained passionate about helping people, and went to work for the Royal College of nursing in February 2002 as a professional Development Advisor with a regional remit. Working to develop nurses within the profession, using the role of the Learning Representative and the Health and Safety representative to achieve this. This was a demanding role which also involved a great deal of travelling around the region, four countries and to the Far East, to countries such as Taiwan and Hong Kong.
I became active in the community and joined a number of community boards, for example Oscar Birmingham. I continued being involved in many projects, but also found myself mentoring a large number of women. The projects were both in the Royal college of nursing, within the local health trusts and regionally with the strategic health authority, dealing with things such as the plight of refugee nurses, also nurses coming to work in the United Kingdom from aboard, and the many challenges they encountered.
It was at this time I developed an interest in Politics, which finally lead to an overwhelming passion to put my self forward for election. I have served as a local councillor in the Handsworth Wood Ward since June 2004.
I now work within the local community with local forums, neighbourhood watch groups and many others. I am the local residents advocate, and try my best to liaise with the council where ever possible with local concerns. I am able to do policy work, and through the work I do on scrutiny strategically look at what is happening within many health establishments within the West Midlands. Birmingham City Council is the largest Metropolitan Council in Europe catering for the needs of over one million people.
Over the last two years, I have also become a Peace Ambassador for the Peace Federation, which means getting involved with peace work in the UK and aboard.
I continue to remain passionate about women issues, and work with both young and older women to expose them to political life at a local level. I have now developed a three month programme introducing people to the role of a ward councillor.
Working in the community, my professional background proved to be really useful, when sitting on local committees, boards, and strategic bodies. This enabled me to look at the demographic makeup of the ward, highlighting the issues faced by residents living in an area like Handsworth Wood.
These skills are now being used to restructure a small company in the Birmingham area, which my training within health, the unions, the City Council and as trained mediator have proved to be invaluable within this role.
I continue to go from strength to strength, and was privileged to go to the Pride of Britain Awards on 5th October 2009, because of funding given to a successful project looking at healthy eating for our younger generation within the Handsworth Wood ward.
I have become a motivational speaker, speaking at events around the city and in other parts of the country on various issues.
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