Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in 2016, I had 22 years’ experience nursing within the NHS. Having trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital as a children’s nurse in the mid-nineties, I worked within general medical, surgical paediatrics and oncology once qualified. Gaining an interest in public health, I moved into community work and gained my Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) qualification at Buckinghamshire New University. I worked as SCPHN within school nursing teams before moving into safeguarding. Working as a named and then lead nurse for Safeguarding Children, I had various responsibilities including safeguarding board sub-committees and contributing to serious case reviews. Before my current role, I was a Senior Lecturer in Children’s Nursing, involved in module leading, teaching, assessment, recruitment, and pastoral work before moving into the role of Academic Lead for Retention and Attainment for the School of Nursing and Midwifery, leading all related activities in this portfolio.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Childrens Nurse, SCPHN – School Nurse, Community Nurse Prescriber and Nurse Teacher and a Royal College of Nursing member, and part of the Education Forum. I am a Mental Health First Aider, Domestic Abuse Champion, Restorative Supervisor, Safeguarding Trainer, and Nursing Now Ambassador.
My most recent area of study has been an MA Education at Buckinghamshire New University where I developed an increased interest in the use of social media within higher education. My latest research study explored the use of self-selected social media by pre-registration nursing students, the findings of which have links to benefitting student retention and recruitment. I am creator, owner, and curator of both the BNU Institute for Health and Social Care and the School of Nursing and Midwifery social media accounts. In addition, I am an Educational Advisor for the Childrens and Young People Student Nurse National Support Network and a regular invited contributor to the #WeNurseAcademic @WeNurse community.
My specialist knowledge has also led me to work with Skills for Health on developing the Safeguarding Children (Levels 1-3) e-learning packages, contributing to various national guidance documents for Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England and most recently the Queens Nursing Institute Practice Teacher standards. I am currently the Chair of the Learning and Development Sub-committee and Member of the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership and Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board. I am a Consultant Editor for the British Journal of Child Health and engage in other activities such as speaking at conferences, reviewing, and authoring journal articles and textbook chapters. I am currently the Editor for a new Student Nurse textbook on Successful Studying. I am the Deputy England Representative for the National Children and Young Peoples Nurse Academics forum and work on a consultancy basis with School and Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA). I am particularly honoured to be a Technical Advisor for the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing and Midwifery, providing leadership, expertise and sharing evidence-based practises on both a national and international scale.
My greatest accolades to date are being in receipt of the Most Inspiring Tutor Award, nominated by Nursing Graduates in 2019, 2020 and 2021, the Students’ Union Award for Academic Partner of the Year in 2020, Vice-Chancellor’s Award in 2020 in recognition of retention and social media activities, and BNU Hero Award (formally colleague of the year) in 2021.
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