About Andrew Hardwick
New Zealand has been my home of choice since I migrated in 2004, alongside my wife Anne, and our son, Joel. But I was born in the UK, in 1961. My birthplace was Walsall, a small mining town situated between Birmingham and Wolverhampton. Growing up in a working-class environment in the 1960's, I endured bullying throughout my school years. I also saw my own family tormented by years of gambling, smoking and weight issues. It was from this background that I developed my determination to improve lives through health and education. Not surprisingly, my professional life since leaving school has been in healthcare.
For over 3 decades I built a career as a General Nurse & Mental Health Nurse. During that time I gained experience of Orthopaedic Nursing, ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat), Elderly Care, Emergency Department and a Tuberculosis Unit. As a Mental Health Nurse in Behaviour Modification Units I learned how to assessor, monitor and elicit behavioural change. I also worked in Acute Mental Health, Rehabilitation, Day Hospitals and Community Mental Health Nursing. Some years of my nursing career were in management positions. In Barnsley, South Yorkshire, I was Manager of the Nurse Management Information System, a position from which I led a 6 year project which resulted in the first paperless nursing information system in the UK NHS. Since moving to New Zealand I have worked in 2 of the Wellington Hospitals. I was Quality & Projects Facilitator for the Women's Health Service at Capital & Coast District Health Board, covering Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Maternity Units in Wellington, Porirua and the Kapiti Coast. From there I moved to Southern Cross Hospital, a private sector surgical service provider, where I worked as Quality, Health & Safety Manager, as well as being a Nurse Assessor.
Nursing taught me the value of evidence based practice in the planning of treatment, backed up by rapport building skills and a large focus on confidentiality and informed consent. All of these are transferable skills, which I make considerable effort to infuse into my own services today.
It was an incident while nursing which sparked my life-long interest in Hypnotherapy