Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in 2016, I worked in clinical practice as a Health Visitor, supporting families with young children, and as a Practice Teacher facilitating learning in community placements for pre and post-registration nursing students. I previously nursed in acute care on an Accident and Emergency Department, and prior to this, practiced as a midwife in a district hospital.
I studied for my Registered Adult and Midwifery qualifications in West Berkshire School of Nursing and Midwifery, and later studied for my Registered Children’s Nurse qualification at Thames Valley University (now University of West London). Subsequently I completed the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) programme, followed by a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education at Reading University. I studied for an MSc in ‘Children, Young People and Family’ at Oxford Brookes University, gaining a distinction, and in 2018 I completed a further Post-Graduate Certificate in Education enabling Nurse Teacher status, with Buckinghamshire New University.
My specialist area of interest is perinatal health and early years development. This is an exciting and fascinating area as, increasingly, research evidence recognises the significance of early experiences on long term health and wellbeing. With a focus on health visiting practice, I conducted secondary research into male victims of domestic abuse, with the subsequent paper published in 2016.
I am a Fellow of Advance HE, and member of the Institute of Health Visiting.
My specialist knowledge has led me to work with voluntary and statutory agencies including local authorities and police, on projects such as a community parenting programme where I worked as a Parenting Facilitator delivering courses within a local community.