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I am an Associate Professor of Simulation-Based Education (SBE) and Head of Clinical Simulation in the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at Northumbria University. A role that encompasses the strategic leadership of SBE, including the co-ordination of the development, delivery, performance, and review of SBE across all the Department's provision, from undergraduate/pre-registration to post-qualifying/post-registration programmes. Working with the Departmental management team to plan, deliver, monitor, and manage various portfolios including learning and teaching, student experience, student employability. research and innovation, and knowledge exchange in the context of SBE. 

I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1988 and specialised in Critical Care where I was appointed as a charge nurse in 1998. During this time, I developed a keen interest in healthcare education and, in 2001, I was appointed as a lecturer practitioner in critical care and it was in this role that I developed my passion for SBE. 

In 2006, I joined Northumbria University as a senior lecturer, which incorporated module lead and programme lead for a number of undergraduate programmes. This role also included the development of SBE in the undergraduate healthcare programmes. This led to me being recognised nationally and internationally for the development of SBE and, its integration into nursing curricula. In 2014, I was awarded the title of Teaching Fellow by Northumbria University, for my innovative SBE work, which in June 2016 this to led my appointment as an Associate Professor of SBE. I completed my Professional Doctorate (Education) on the use of SBE in healthcare education in 2019

I am passionate about SBE and have published and presented nationally and internationally on the subject. I served on the executive committee of the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) from 2010 – 2014 and, during this time, I worked as a National Simulation Development Officer (SDO). In addition, I was vice president (Ad-interim) of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning – Chapter Europe (INACSL – Chapter Europe) from 2015 - 2019. 

In recognition of my contribution to the development of SBE, I was awarded an ASPiH Fellowship in November 2017, and consulted on a number of national SBE initiatives. Currently, I am chair of the SESAM's (Society for Simulation in Europe) Nursing Community of Practice Group.

Research interests

  • Simulation-based Education as a learning and teaching methodology.
  • Instructional design and educational psychology theories in healthcare education.
  • Inter-professional education
  • Critical Care practice

Further Information

Professional Activity:

  • The UK National Simulation Reference Group, Nursing and University representative
  • Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare, Fellow
  • Health Education England North East (HENE) Regional Simulation Steering Group, Northumbria University representative
  • Society in Europe for Simulation Allied to Medicine (SESAM), member
  • British Association of Critical Care Nurses, member 

Previous activity

  • Vice president (Ad-interim) - the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning – Chapter Europe (INACSL – Chapter Europe), 2015 – 2019
  • International Facilitator - The International Nursing Association for Simulated Clinical Learning (INACSL) -CAE Healthcare Simulation Fellowship, 2015 -2017
  • Executive committee member - Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH), 2010 – 2014
  • National Simulation Development Officer (SDO) - Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) from 2014 – 2016


Education/Academic qualification

Education, EdD, Team Deliberate Practice in Nursing Undergraduate Simulation-based Education, Northumbria University

16 Sept 201315 Apr 2019

Award Date: 15 Apr 2019

Educational Development, MSc

1 Sept 200131 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sept 2001

Education, PGDip

1 Sept 200031 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sept 2000

Nursing Science, BSc (Hons)

1 Sept 199731 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sept 1997


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