Having qualified as a registered nurse in the 80's I worked in a variety of positions within an acute setting from theatres to intensive care unit. Moving out into the community I qualified as a district nurse working as a sister in a number of teams incouding the twilight and night service. Following my degree as a specialist community public health practitioner (health visiting) I worked as a health visitor for families with a infant or young person with disabilities. Working from a client focused specialist healthcare practitioner background I developed strong advocacy skills and a desire to empower and enable individuals. As well as developing specialist skills in special and additional needs as well as in children’s/young people’s continence, I relished the challenge evoked by working in an evolving field of increasing patient and public participation within the NHS and of supporting learners within healthcare. I am committed to the concept of continual professional development and seek to empower both colleagues and clients in the area of personal and professional development.
I joined The Open University in 2001 as an Associate Lecturer, tutoring on modules involving familes, children and young people. On retirement form the NHS I joined the OU as a staff tutor in the school of health, wellbeing and social care working within nursing and health and social care.
Finally I feel deeply honored to walk alongside students of all grades in their learning journey within the various field of higher education, guiding and supporting them as they embrace the experience of learning in a variety of settings.
My research interests have always focused on disabiity and learning difficulties. My first degree was with The Open University which I undertookd after qualifying as a state registered nurse. My Open Degree incouded modules in health and technology. My dissertation for my second degree considered the siblings of children who had either a disability or a nursing difficulty and I extended this research into my Master's degree in the Social Anthropology of Children and Child Development. During this time I came to understand the far reaching term of education and how children and young people may learn differently. I used nature to demonstrate healthcare to children, for example the importance of drinking and a healthy diet through planting and nature. I have continued to develop this interest and passion considering the importance of greencare and nature to wellbeing and resilience.