I joined Bucks New University as a senior lecturer in 2014, following previous work in the Thames Valley region, working as both a senior ODP in anaesthetics and practice educator within theatres. I gained experience in inter and intra hospital patient transfer and was a member of the safe transfer and retrieval faculty during my role as practice educator within my home Trust. My patient centred approach has meant I am dedicated to improving healthcare experiences through education.
Individualised patient care is important to me; working closely with the Alzheimer’s Association as a Dementia Champion, I have imbedded dementia awareness into the curriculum for all ODP students. My personal interest in special educational needs and autistic spectrum disorder has seen me present at conference, where I am keen to impart knowledge about the impact of Asperger’s syndrome on family life and daily living, in order to improve patient care within the perioperative setting.
The student experience is at the forefront of my research interests, including simulation-based education and students’ perceptions of high-fidelity simulation. This has led to the development of debriefing and feedback strategies to support students as they progress and gain confidence with this pedagogical approach to clinical skills acquisition. My work on developing the electronic portfolio platform, which provides students with a contemporary model that supports professional development and growth, has seen the development of guidance and activities designed to support and improve student interaction and engagement.
I gained fellowship with the Higher Education Academy and have recently collaborated on a chapter within a perioperative text, due for publication.