Julia Holding

Julia Holding Consultancy Services, Self Employed

Biography

Julia Holding (RGN, BSc Hons -Public Health, MSc)

I worked for the NHS for nearly 40 years and have had over 14 different jobs and worked for 11 different organisations.

I started my career in nursing, but also trained and worked as a Midwife and a Health Visitor, before taking on management roles at NHS Trusts, Regional Health Authorities, and with National NHS Organisations, for the last 7 years.

My last role, which finished in April this year was as the National Lead for Patient Experience with NHS England and NHS Improvement, where I worked with over 230 healthcare providers to help them to improve the experience of their patients.
While in this role I developed national learning networks, developed and published tools to improve experience of care, which are used right across England, and have regularly spoken at national and international conferences.

The reason I am so interested in the speakers for schools’ programme is because I feel the story of my personal and professional journey could be inspiring to others.

I had a pretty awful time at school, I am dyslexic, but I went to school in the 1960’s and 70’s before this was known about. I was written off academically early on and to add to the pain I was bullied really badly.

At 16 I had two O’Levels, and one of them was cookery, and after some hard work and support from teachers I managed at 18 to get another three O’Levels and a two (barely) passes at A’Level.

This was just enough to enable me to get into Nursing. This is where my journey began.

Although I finished in April, I went straight back to clinical practice as a Nurse Volunteer to help my local trust
See below an article I wrote for the Nursing Times abut my experience.
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjum46BtbvqAhWYiFwKHVRvBaYQFjAAegQIBhAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nursingtimes.net%2Fopinion%2Fi-am-really-valuing-the-opportunity-to-nurse-patients-again-09-06-2020%2F&usg=AOvVaw1JzOCjccwfgpxxWDBqZIRT