Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for MNurse
I was born and grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2008, I completed a degree in Film Studies and Creative Writing at Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Carlisle (now the University of Cumbria). Following this, I began training as a student nurse at Birmingham City University.
Since qualifying in 2012, I rapidly progressed through to Nurse Specialist level. I have worked with older adults and young persons in brain injury rehabilitation and dementia care throughout my career, both as a staff nurse then as a discharge coordinator, before becoming a Dementia Nurse Specialist at Royal Bolton Hospital where I worked for three years prior to becoming a lecturer with the University of Bolton and subsequently at Sunderland.
I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Care and have worked across many healthcare settings and environments from smaller specialist units such as Leamington Spa Brain Injury Unit and the Walton Centre in Liverpool, to Salford Royal Hyperacute Brain Injury Ward and finally at Royal Bolton Hospital.
I have always had an interest in teaching and mentorship and continue to teach on Dementia and Older Adult Care here at the University. In 2017, I was a finalist in the category of Best Dementia Nurse Specialist at the National Dementia Care Awards.