Penny Johnson

Community Nurse Assessor

Nursing has given me the opportunity to meet and support people that have faced extraordinary challenges in their lives and I have been very privileged to have been a part of that journey. I specialise in mental health but have worked in Safeguarding, End of Life Care, Acute Medicine, Homelessness, Forensics, Dementia, Complex Care AND as a Research Nurse and have had work published so I am very proud of that achievement. I was the first Mental Health Nurse to work in Acute Medicine/General Nursing in the UK, approved by the NMC ten years ago, and since then it has made it easier for nurses of different specialisms to work together, which ultimately has a positive outcome for the patient.

Outside of work I swim 3 times a week in time trials against myself! I have an 84kg Newfoundland dog so walk him daily on the Sussex Downs and also have my own clinic as an Aesthetic Nurse. On top of that, friends, family, two cats fill my world. I have an insatiable appetite for health and science documentaries so love learning more about the biology and psychology of health, and see myself as a lifelong learner and always strive to be the best I can be, in and out of work. I wish my dog had the same diligence, as he is the most stubborn and lazy beast ever!