Sam Dorney-Smith qualified as a Registered Nurse (Adult Branch) in 1996. She started her inclusion health career as a Nurse Practitioner at the Three Boroughs Homeless Team in 2004, and later became Practice Development Nurse, and Team Leader. Whilst on the team she undertook a pilot of the Community Matron model with homeless patients in 2005, before going on to deliver the Lambeth Homeless Intermediate Care Pilot Project in 2009.

More recently Sam setup the Kings Health Partners Pathway Homeless Team across 3 NHS Trusts (Oct 2013–July 2015). Sam has been heavily involved in the London Network of Nurses and Midwives since 2004 and was a previous Chair.

She is now a Nursing Fellow at the Pathway charity undertaking service development, evaluation and research.