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I am an Associate Professor of Simulation-Based Education (SBE) and Deputy Head of Department in the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at Northumbria University. A role that encompasses the academic leadership, through deputising for, and provide support to, the Head of Department, to ensure the effective and efficient running of the Department in line with the University Strategy and Vision.

This includes the co-ordination of the development, delivery, performance, monitoring and review of all Departmental Plans, including budgetary plans. As well as 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 within the Department. 

As the academic lead for SBE, my role includes the Development of SBE across the department for all portfolio provision from undergraduate / pre-registration to post qualifying / post registration and inform future curricula. Promote collaboration internally across multi-professional groups, departments and faculties as well as with external partners. Deliver high quality faculty training within the University and for external partners. The latter includes regional and international faculty development and SBE modules.

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. Currently, I am a member of the National Simulation Reference Group, which is currently developing the UK national SBE Strategy.

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, Northumbria University

16 Sep 201315 Apr 2019

Award Date: 15 Apr 2019

Educational Development, MSc

1 Sep 200131 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sep 2001

Education, PGDip

1 Sep 200031 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sep 2000

Nursing Science, BSc (Hons)

1 Sep 199731 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sep 1997

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