I qualified as a Registered Nurse through Staffordshire University in 2000. I worked for 15 years as a Theatre Scrub Practitioner and Clinical Standards Facilitator in the Operating Theatres at an acute NHS Trust in the West Midlands, taking an active role in the support and development of Operating Department Practice students. Following my role as a vocational assessor, I developed my interests in education by completing my further education teaching certificate in 2013, during which I was a guest lecturer on the ODP Award. I began a part-time lecturing role with Staffordshire University in 2013, working as Module lead for the surgical modules on the Dip (HE) Operating Department Practice award. I took the Course Lead role in 2016, facilitating the development and validation of the BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice. I continue to facilitate the development of clinical and technical skills by using my clinical experiences and knowledge to support students in their skills sessions. I am the module leader for Basic Counselling Skills on the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care course. I have also been actively involved in the development of the ODP Apprenticeship standard.
Professional memberships and activities
MA Education – Staffordshire University 2017
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional and Higher Education – Staffordshire University 2015
Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector – Staffordshire University 2013
Diploma (HE) Registered Nursing (Adult) – Staffordshire University 2000
BSc (Hons) Life Sciences (Psychology) – University of Westminster 1986
Expertise Operating Department Practice: I deliver content on:
- surgical specialities and procedures
- clinical skills
- human factors
- wellbeing and non-technical skills
I am the module lead for Basic Counselling Skills in Health and Social Care on the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care course.
I also have experience in curriculum development, student assessment, and simulation in teaching and learning.
The use of technology enhanced learning in the ODP curriculum, and the impact of wellbeing on student resilience in healthcare.
Undergraduate (pre-registration) ODP course
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care course
Assistant Practitioner (Health) Perioperative Care apprenticeship
College of Observers
Fitness to Practice Investigating Officer
Woolliscroft, A. (2016). Innovating: integrating technology into teaching and learning with Operating department Practitioner students. Innovative Practice in Higher Education. [Online] 2 (3) Available from http://journals.staffs.ac.uk/index.php/ipihe