Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in March 2021, I was Assistant Director of Nursing for Education and Workforce Development at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, where I am now honorary nurse consultant. Prior to this I have been the Divisional Lead for Health Services Research and Management and Divisional Lead for Nursing at City, University of London. I am a mental health nurse academic with clinical experience in acute, and forensic mental health services and more recently nurse education in the NHS. I am a registrant with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
I completed my first degree (BNurs) and qualified as a mental health nurse with The University of Birmingham, later completing an MSc in forensic mental health at St Georges, University of London. I was a Health Foundation-funded doctoral fellow, completing my PhD at City, University of London whilst undertaking a leadership programme with the Kings Fund. For my doctorate I undertook a grounded theory observational study of an inner city medium secure forensic mental health unit. This study gave me an interest in organisational theory, and system approaches to understanding risk assessment and management, and has underpinned my future academic work.
Following completion of my PhD I led a team to develop an innovative prototype virtual reality game (Streetwise) in partnership with service users and health care providers to support forensic mental health service users’ recovery and preparation for discharge from secure forensic mental health services to more independent living. This was a key point in my career which brought me to focus on educational research and the use of digital approaches to address educational and clinical problems. In 2017 I was awarded a Burdett Trust for nursing grant for Strengthening Nurse Leadership to develop and evaluate a leadership programme across one NHS Sustainability Transformation Partnership (STP) for nurse educators working in health and social care settings and those working in academic settings.
Currently I am working with Maudsley Learning and colleagues from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust to develop an augmented reality approach for simulated learning to promote empathy and reduce the use of restrictive practices in mental health services. This project is funded in 2020 by the Burdett Trust for Nurses as part of the reducing restrictive interventions grant.
A highlight of my career has been becoming an NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur which has given me the time, space, support and mentorship to think differently and innovate for education in the health and social care space.