Sam Cross, The Independent Living Advisor has specialist knowledge in Bone Health, Falls Prevention, Dementia, Independent Living, Technology at home and Long Term Health Conditions.
She has a unique experience of setting up new services (two smoking advice, bone health, assistive technology, dementia and befriending) and working with service users across health care, social care, the private and voluntary care sectors.
She qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1992 and went on to study psychology; gaining a BSc Hons and further studied and attained a MSc in Health Psychology. She has studied a wealth of specialist courses to support her career history.
Sam has a nineteen-year history of working in the area of osteoporosis and bone health, having worked for the National Osteoporosis Society as one of their Regional Falls and Fracture Nurse Specialists. She was the Project Manager-Principal Practitioner for the Healthy Bones Project at Derriford Hospital and developed a successful bone health scanning service. She was the lead coordinator for the Royal launch undertaken by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. She acted as the service lead and undertook public relations for the service.
Sam designed and implemented a comprehensive bone health training programme across the Cornwall, Devon, and Plymouth local health community; she designed a Professional Bone Health and Falls Prevention Master Class and provided health promotion and education for patients, carers, Health Professionals, Non-Health Professionals, and other appropriate groups.
For the past ten years, Sam has had a specialist interest in assistive technology (also known as Telecare). Her interest in this area came about as a result of setting up the assistive technology service for Plymouth City Council in 2006. She has remained on good terms with the National Telecare provider ‘Tunstall’ and is working with them to develop an equipment service across the South West.
In 2013, she was the Support Service Manager for the Devon and Torbay Dementia Support Service. She managed a team of over twenty staff to develop and launch the Service for the Alzheimer’s Society. She became a specialist in the area of Dementia and Alzheimer’s and is proud of the training programme that she delivered to Devon and Cornwall Police (amongst others). This role gave her opportunity to meet eminent people in the area of older peoples’ mental health and develop positive ongoing working relationships.
In 2014, she launched the Age UK Plymouth’s befriending service. This was a service to reduce feelings of social isolation amongst older people and enable people to access their community. She then trained as an A-grade Disability Analyst enabling her to undertake effective functional living assessments.
As the Independent Living Advisor, she has brought all of her working knowledge, experience and education together to be able to deliver a one-stop-shop to enable those with long term health conditions to live well; support carers of those with long term health conditions; help prevent long term health conditions through lifestyle changes and help workplaces implement wellness strategies.
She also has experience and qualifications in the areas of public relations, social media, business development, marketing and events management. She brings these skills together to support health and voluntary sector businesses with their expansion and development, and also provides sessions in social media and IT for those wishing to access these services.