Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in July 2020, my background has been in learning disabilities and mental health nursing, as well as working as a Human Resources Retention Facilitator for an NHS organisation between 2018 and 2020.
Prior to this, I’ve had the pleasure of working in roles such as Associate Lecturer, Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, Specialist Practice Teacher, Professional Mentor at City University, Associate School Nurse, Mental Health Practitioner and a Community Learning Disabilities Nurse.
I studied for my Master’s degree at the University of West London and my specialist area of interest is work-life balance. My specialism has given me an in-depth knowledge of how to improve engagement, staff morale and initiate retention strategies. I plan to pursue a further research study in this area to be able to support not just healthcare professionals and student nurses.
I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a learning disability nurse, nurse prescriber and a specialist community public health nurse. I am also a member of the World Federation of Mental Health, a voting member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Learning Disability Forum and a member of the Public Health Forum. I was the London Region Student Representative for the RCN, a position I held for 2 years with great esteem, supporting all London nursing students and being their voice. I was also a Regional board member for the RCN for 4 years.
I am passionate about ensuring that the voiceless have a voice which has helped me in my role as elected NHS Staff Governor and a Freedom to Speak up Guardian. I am also enthusiastic about mental wellbeing, delivery of retention strategies and always seeking ways to influence engagement and practice within the sphere of my responsibility. My commitment to learning, developing and improving standard of practice and nurse education also earned me the prestigious award of Queen’s Nurse.