Moving from nursing in a clinical environment into academia was an interesting journey and one fuelled by enthusiasm for promoting a high standard of holistic care provision to our patient population. I have a specialist interest in complex care, tissue viability, palliative and end of life care which stems from my career journey.
I completed out my nurse training at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in 1996 and worked for three years in acute hospital trusts in Cambridge, Warrington, and Scarborough in a variety of areas including acute medicine for the elderly, acute stroke unit, out-patients whilst also having a bank contact with a hospice. Since 2001 I commenced my career in the primary care as a community staff nurse and from there found my nursing niche and passion.
I grasped opportunities to develop and enhance my professional self through internal and external training opportunities completing stand-alone modules in tissue viability, leadership, physical assessment before commencing my Specialist Practice Degree in District Nursing. This qualification allowed me to lead and manage a clinical caseload of patients before taking a greater management role leading 3 interdisciplinary teams in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.
Having completed additional training and achieving qualifications in independent and supplementary prescribing (V300) and clinical practice teaching my career moved to supporting, mentoring, and assessing district nursing students in clinical practice before working as a Community Matron – leading and managing the care of patients with complex long term health conditions. My clinical nursing career has been a privilege whilst also being rewarding and challenging. The diversity and breadth of experience enables me to provide our nursing students with “real-life” examples of holistic care adding depth to learning opportunities.
Professional memberships and activities
- Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)
- MSc – Professional Nurse Education by Negotiated Practice – Staffordshire University.
- Post graduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education – Staffordshire University
- BSc (Hons) Specialist Practitioner – District Nursing – Staffordshire University
- NMC Teacher
- Independent and Supplementary non-medical prescriber (V300) - Staffordshire University
- RN Dip HE – Homerton College of Health Studies - Cambridge
- Community Nursing
- Palliative Care
- Tissue Viability
- Holistic assessment
- Record Keeping
- Support and preparation for students regarding participation in end of life care
- Adult Nursing Care (module lead) exploring the fundamentals of nursing.
- Preparation for Prescribing
- Practical Skills for level 4, 5 and 6.
- Prescribing for patients with long-term conditions
- Managing diabetes mellitus in primary care