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I initially joined the University in September 2018 as a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing. I am currently the Programme Lead for the Higher Apprenticeship Specialist Practice in District Nursing (HA-SPDN) PG/Dip and MSc, and also teach across pre-registration modules. I currently have a third year pre-registration Personal Tutor (PT) group. I am also an external examiner at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). In 2023, I was awarded the title of Queens Nurse from the QNI, reflecting my ongoing commitment and dedication to supporting and improving community nursing services.

I am undertaking my PhD at Northumbria, focusing on lone working in district nursing and understanding perceptions of risk. My teaching and research interests include community nursing, the education and development of SPDN's and improving staff safety and wellbeing, especially relevant to lone working.

I qualified in 2009 as an RGN, working in Gateshead as a community staff nurse. I joined Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals (NUTH) in 2013 to undertake the District Nursing Specialist Practitioner Qualification (DNSPQ). I qualified as a Specialist Practice Teacher/Senior Charge Nurse in 2016, working in Newcastle District Nursing Services before joining Northumbria on secondment in 2018.

I returned to frontline clinical practice in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic as a District Nursing Specialist Practice Teacher. I later returned to the University in a substantive post in February 2021. I still hold a clinical contract and continue to work as a District Nurse in Newcastle, often in out of hours services.

Outside of usual working hours, I often arrange a game of rounders between colleagues from practice and University staff. Although low in athletic ability, we excel in hyper-competitiveness, which is the most diplomatic way I can summarise our efforts.

Education/Academic qualification

Nursing Science, BSc (Hons), Specialist Practitioner in District Nursing

16 Sept 20131 Jun 2014

Award Date: 1 Jun 2014

Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber, Northumbria University

Award Date: 16 Sept 2013

Nursing, BSc, Nurse Community Practitioner Prescriber

Award Date: 2 Sept 2013

Nursing, DipHE, Adult Nurse, Northumbria University

Mar 2006Mar 2009

Award Date: 1 Mar 2009

External positions

Queen Margaret University

13 Aug 2021 → …

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

16 Sept 2016 → …

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