In 2011 I retired from the NHS having been a Senior Nurse(Band 8 - AFC with overall responsibility for Nurse Education in Surrey and Borders Partnership NHSFT.
I achieved the lofty heights of completing 34 years service as a mental health professional before retirement at the young age of 55. To this end I feel that I have a good few years left in my professional career and joined the open University in 2010.
In a previous 'employment life' I have held joint appointments with Surrey University and Surrey Oaklands NHS Ttrust as a Lecturer/Practitioner with responsibility for Practice Development within mental health patient setting for Working Age Adult Services.
I have also practiced as a mental health and adult nurses in a number of clinical environments which includes Neuromedicine, intensive care nursing, acute and community psychiatry, crisis intervention and acute psychiatry in patient care.
At one point in my community psychiatric nursing days I shared an office with midwives in a community centre just down the road from the R13 offices in Moat Road, East Grinstead.
I am also a Practice Tutor for KYN 117 - Enhancing your Nursing Practice for Stage 1 of the BSc - Nursing.
I work 4 days per week in Region 13(The South East of England) as Regional Education Manager(HSC) and have responsibilty for pre registration nurse education, the Foundation degree and a variety of generaic HSC modules.
It may be no surprise to you that I have celtic roots, although my bald head belies that fact. Rory is a derivation of Ruadrai(the Red King), a reference to a medieval local clan leader. I have a passion for County Kerry, Ireland which is like a second home to me as I get soilce from the busy lifestyle we all lead. My idea of fun is walking the numerous unspoilt beaches on the South West coast of Kerry and chasing my two dogs in the sand dunes .
My previous research interests have included risk assessment and management practices in mental health services, Dual Diagnosis and co morbidity issues in mental health care.
I am very keen to look at the way in which the core nursing values of compassion and care can or cannot be tested/assessed or otherwise in the arena of on line and distance learning. Whilst recognising that these core values are assessed by practitioners in the 'field'(so to speak), my interest is whether any degree of validity or reliability can or cannot be used to validate these potentailly subjective judgements that are made between a practitioner and the student they are supervising.
This is not to doubt the value of this process as it can and is an observable behaviour that is demonstrated and assessed in practice, but rather a question of whether any other strategies can be incorporated in a on line distance learning environment to provide other validating criteria.
Such an idea may be totally illogical but I wonder whether it could be used as a validating process to affirm practice decisons.
I have always had an active involvement in teaching pre and post registration nurses and in particular I have had module responsibility for delivering risk assessment and management training within the Mental Health Nursing programmes at Surrey University.
Additionally, I have taught sessions on the origins of mental illness, the sociology of mental illnesses and aspects of leadership and multidisciplinary teamworking within healthcare services.
Currently, I am Practice Tutor to the Level 1 course - XKYN117 - Enhancing your nursing practice and have aspirations to join the AL cohort for modules at Stage 2 and 3.
My engagement in my Regional Manager role concerns working with external NHS partners in a variety of collaborative networks.
I actively work in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Areas to promote the Open University pre registration nursing education provision.