Biography

I studied nursing at Northumbria and qualified as a Mental Health Nurse 19 years ago.  Since that time I have worked in various mental health settings in primary and secondary.  When I first qualified  I undertook a role in a 2 rotational post whereby I work in 4 different seetings of elderly care, elderly functional, organic and community.  I then moved to an acute ward in the centre of Newcastle primarily working with females within working age.  The patients I carerd for had various mental health concerns including psychosis, schizo-effective disorder, schizophrenia and personality disorder.  During this role I other wards such as forensic wards.  During this time I worked as an ECT recovery nurse and ran a Clozapine clinic.  I worked in acute adult setting for 5 years.  I developed an interest in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy therefore moved to IAPT services (imroving access to psychological therapies).  I was a mental health practitioner and provided therapy to service users with mild to moderate mental health concerns for example anxiety, depression and phobias.  In the past 6 years I have focussed on nusing people living with dementia and have been a specialist dementia nurse advising and assisting a range of carers and professionals with care planning and provision of high standard care.     

Qualifications and memberships

Certificate of Higher Education inHealth Studies

BSc (Hons) Registered Mental Health Nurse

Intermediate CBT

Academic and research interests

Pre registration PGCE

Dementia nursing both Post and pre reg

Research supervision

Public Health and Mental health recovery model

Person centred care

Teaching and learning with higher Education

Publications

Currently undertaking writing a chapter on Public Health and mental health recovery.

Recent external roles

Invigilation of exams in other fields of Health