Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in 2010, I was employed as a full time Operating Department Practitioner in a local NHS Trust. Starting in 1994 as a Theatre Porter, I quickly progressed to the role of Operating Department Orderly before becoming a student ODP and qualifying in 1997.
Between the completion of my studies and taking on the role here at Bucks, I was lucky enough to work in a variety of clinical settings, caring for patients. After taking a keen interest in the support of students within the perioperative environment, I became the Lead Mentor in 1998 and by 2005 I had managed to achieve the role of Head of the Lead Mentor Committee at London Southbank University.
Working clinically within the Operating Theatre, ITU, A&E and other outlay areas has provided me with the skills and knowledge needed to care for critically ill patients in a variety of situations. Specialist roles, such as the Cell Salvage Operator/Trainer, have allowed me to continue developing my own career whilst enhancing surgical patients’ experience. This foundation of both clinical and academic experience has led me to my current role as the Associate Professor for Perioperative Practice.
My specialist areas of interest are Major Vascular, Trauma, Urology, GI, ENT and Orthopaedics, although individualised patient care remains the centre of all my care delivery. My specialist knowledge has led me to work with a wide range of people such as Professor Roger Kneebone on projects such as Multidisciplinary Simulation delivery at the Royal College of Surgeons which has led to a keen interest in the simulation of healthcare delivery to support academic and clinical practice.
I am a member of the Health and Care Professions Council, Higher Education Academy, Clinical University Educators Forum & the Association for Perioperative Practice.