Staff Profile

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Louisa Berry

Biography

Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in 2016, I was a dedicated practitioner within the fields of resilience, business continuity and emergency planning, with a specific focus on health sector resilience. My expertise stem from a career in dynamic and challenging environments, including NHS emergency planning, resilience and response. As Head of Department, I oversaw the trust preparedness for and response to the London 2012 Olympics and preparedness for potential Ebola cases in 2014.

As a nurse and qualified public health practitioner, I was a core member of the unit response to the pandemic in 2009/10 and many other complex investigations. My clinical speciality also included intensive care and operating theatre practice. I am a former Nursing Officer in the British Army, as part of a specialist hospital squadron and saw active service to Iraq in 2003.

I am currently a core member of the university COVID team, leading the governance aspects of our asymptomatic test centre. I have also been helping an NHS Trust with aspect of public health and infection control and have recently been accepted back onto the NMC temporary COVID register with a view to helping with the national vaccine programme.

I studied for my degree, master’s programmes and teaching qualifications at Buckinghamshire New University, Oxford Brookes and Huddersfield Universities and received a great deal of training and development in the military. My specialist area of interest and research is PREVENT, a fundamental part of the UK Counterterrorism strategy, and is the focus of my PhD studies, where I am currently undertaking the literature review and delivering some early findings. I have been involved in this workstream for a number of years as a nurse senior manager and Trust Lead, before moving into wider resilience issues. I am particularly interested in the role of PREVENT in the safeguarding domain.

I am a member of the Royal Society of Public Health, FHEA and RUSI.

My career highlights include teaching and developing others, whether that be riding, military or in my current academic role at the University. My nurse and practitioner highlights include, working in public health and emergency planning practitioner, on a range of events and incidents, such as the London Olympics, and the 2009/10 pandemic. Caring for patients and their families at all stages of their lives and most recently leading our range of PG resilience programmes and seeing our students succeed in their academic ventures. I am an Aurora graduate, which is a programme to develop female leadership and since undertaking the course have returned as a Role Model to support and mentor other staff.