Being bendy of body and mind is essential for Rose as by day she works as a NHS Director, but by night she is an author and creative writing tutor. When she was younger Rose was a ballet dancer, where her ‘double-joints’ were great for pirouettes, but as she took up her pen and spent more time at a desk writing, she felt as if she had turned into the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz. She was diagnosed in 2018 with hypermobility syndrome and credits the HMSA with being her oil can!
Rose’s NHS career has spanned strategic and operational experience in hospitals, community services, mental health, primary care and health policy. She currently works for the East London NHS Foundation Trust as the Neighbourhoods Director in City & Hackney, where she is developing new mental health services. Prior to this she had roles in Kent and London, as a strategy director and development director at a hospital charity. International experience includes a senior strategic advisory post in the Middle East and she spent time in Canada and Sweden, researching their health systems. She holds post graduate qualifications in health management, executive coaching and organisational psychology. Rose is the author of The Art of Good Health.
Rose’s first novel, Electric Souk, inspired by her time working in the Middle East, is a thriller about forbidden love, corruption and an encounter with evil in the desert. Rose is now completing her second novel, a psychological thriller that has taken her to some rather gothic hospital corridors. She has won a number of writing competitions and had short stories selected for anthologies. She is the co-editor of The Word for Freedom, a collection to celebrate one hundred years of women’s suffrage. She also enjoys facilitating creative writing workshops in support of social causes.
In both her work in the NHS and as writer, Rose is keen to support people to unlock the potential of their minds and bodies and is a strong believer in the healing power of creativity.