I qualified as a mental health nurse in 1998 and joined the University of Salford as a Lecturer in Nursing in December 2015.
Following a career in alcohol services working across a range of primary care and criminal settings, I gained ten years’ experience as a public health practitioner, focusing on population approaches to reducing alcohol harm and individual behaviour change interventions. I have contributed to the development of a number of partnership strategies, clinical protocols and multi-professional CPD training programmes including alcohol identification and brief advice, managing alcohol withdrawal in community and inpatient settings, early help/safeguarding, domestic abuse, as well as self-care and personalized care planning.
I have a particular interest in the role of public health in licensing policy, responsible alcohol retailing and interventions in the night-time economy. I am also a member of the international motivational interviewing network of trainers.
Pre-registration programmes, with a particular interest in:
- public health
- self-care and supported self-management
- motivational interviewing and brief interventions
- alcohol/substance misuse
- safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people
- domestic abuse
Screening and brief interventions, licensing policy and enforcement, violence/injury prevention
Msc dissertation: A systematic review of prevention trials exploring enforcement strategies and interventions that increase alcohol retailer compliance with alcohol control policies and legislation.
Qualifications and Memberships
1998 - Registered Mental Health Nurse
1999 - BNurs (Hons) Mental Health Nursing, ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing Award & ENB 812 Specialist Community Practitioner Certificate
2008 - Psychotherapy training in Transactional Analysis
2009 - Award in the Assessment of Licensed Premises
2013 - Award in Education and Training
2013 - MSc in Addiction Studies
2014 - Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)
Conference/Task Force contributions
2008 – “Are you pregnant or thinking about it, and worried about your drinking?” Task Force on Youth-Specific Aspects of Alcohol: European Commission Alcohol and Health Forum.
2008 – Evaluation of the NHS Drinking Responsibly Project. International Club Health Conference.
2012 – Alcohol screening and prevention in later life. International Festival of Public Health.
2014 - Promoting Responsible Alcohol Retailing: City Centre ‘Reduce the Strength’ pilot. International Festival of Public Health.
Health Education/Making Every Contact Count publications
- Drink Smart: alcohol self-help guide
- Safer drinking in later life
- Face up to drink: alcohol can affect your family life
- Alcohol, your baby and you
- Responsible Alcohol Sales: helpful advice for staff
- Responsible Alcohol Sales: helpful advice for staff airside