Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing
I joined the University of Salford in February 2009 as a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing. This was my first academic appointment following over 20 years of clinical and management experience in clinical practice. I have had many roles from staff nurse, sister, ward manager, community practitioner and community team manager positions. My clinical experience has included adult general nursing, followed by mental health nursing within acute inpatient, older people and community practice settings. Later I developed my career within the field of education as a training manager within an NHS Mental Health Trust, before moving in to higher education.
My academic interests and teaching focus on physical health issues for patients with severe mental health problems, simulation, health promotion, leadership, management and professional development within healthcare. I currently teach within the School’s undergraduate nursing and postgraduate progarmmes. Within my teaching role I am also a personal tutor offering pastoral care to cohorts of mental health students.
My academic interests focus on physical health issues for patients with severe mental health problems and the development of physical health skills in mental health student nurses through variety od teaching methods. Other research interests include leadership, management and professional development.
Qualifications and Memberships
1990 RGN - Register General Nurse
1992 RMN – Registered Mental Nurse
1998 Dip – Diploma in Professional Practice of Nursing
1999 BSc (Hons) – Professional Practice of Nursing incorporating the ENB Higher Award
2007 PGCE – Post-Graduate Certificate in Education with qualification as Practice Educator as recorded by the NMC (from the University of Bolton)
2007 – Fellow Member of the Higher Education Academy
2008 MBTI (Step 1) – Accredited Feedback Facilitator
2009 ILM Level 7 – Certificate in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring (from Institute of Leadership & Management )
2013 - MSc Leadership and Management for Healthcare Practice (from University of Salford)
- Developing confidence in mental health students to recognise and manage physical health problems using a learning intervention.
- Literature review on perceptions of services users with SMI on barriers to accessing physical health care.
- Improving the patient experience promoting privacy, dignity and respect through collaborative training.
Physical health issues within mental health