Current Job titles:
Course Leader for MSC Specialist Practice in District Nursing 2014- current, PgDip Specialist Practice in District Nursing 2013- current, for BSc (Hons) Specialist Practice in District Nursing 2011- onwards except for one year
Module leader for following modules: CCH4045-N Advancing District Nursing Practice, CCH4046-N Advancing Patient Saefty in District Nursing, CCH3099-N Enhancing District Nursing Practice, CCH3095-N Primary Care Management of Respiratory Disease, CCH1034-N Primary Health Care Assistant, CCH4021-N Advancing the Role of the Practice Teacher, CCH3079-N Enhancing the Role of the Practice Teacher.
Personal tutor for district nurse students, for some pre-registration adult nursing students. zoned academic for Hartlepool (hartfields), Yarm and Eaglescliffe, Easington TAPS 1, 2 and 3 community teams. supervisor for students undertaking their masters' dissertations for a variety of masters courses, as well as supervisor for some undergraduate students doing their final dissertation.
Providing leadership for the team delivering the district nurse courses through design, delivery and evaluation, ensuring the University and NMC standards are met. Ensuring that the courses develop graduands who are fit for purpose in the world of work. Delivering high quality teaching which inspires students' learning, has robust standards and supporting colleagues as part of a teaching team. Supporting learning across several programmes both in an academic setting and in a practice placement setting. Using the practice placement settings to build networks with clinical colleagues and support them in their development. Provide pastoral support which signposts students to appropriate sources of support and facilitates achievement of their potential whilst maintaining standards. Ensure that my own knowledge base is current and share knowledge and skills with colleagues where possible. Volunteer as external interview panel member within the University.
Developed suite of district nursing programmes which were approved in May 2016. Contributed to the development of the Cert HE for the PCTC in Bradford for their Primary Healthcare Assistants in 2016-2017 and associated modules Worked as part of steering group looking at the development of education for community and practice nursing which has involved developing and delivering masterclasses and ongoing work on curricula development for an academic pathway for practice nurses. Organised for DN students to become dementia friends Facilitated support from the DN students of 2013-2014 to organise a week of events around Carers Week which was for the whole School of Health and Social Care. Organised a conference for the Association of District Nurse Educators locally for November 2016. Designed and implemented an initiative around resilience for student district nurses. Part of the Trailblazer group for developing an apprenticeship for district nursing
Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities
My teaching is across a broad range of topics and levels: at foundation, degree and postgraduate level I have taught long term conditions management. I have taught issues related to district nursing and social policy at degree and postgraduate levels. I have taught patient safety issues at postgraduate levels. I have supervised masters' dissertations in relation to community matron role, carers' experiences, complimentary therapy support for long term conditions, physical health needs of those with long term mental health problems, assessment of patients preferences for end of life care, audits of hepatitis A vaccination in army recruits and of patient uptake of ANP appointments in general practice and the gait speed test as an assessment of frailty. I have also taught wound care at degree level. I have supported learning in relation to respiratory disease management and the role of the primary healthcare assistant.
External Roles and Professional Activities
Community staff nurse in central London (2 years)
District Nurse in County Durham (12 years)
Student district nurse Northumberland (1 year)
Nurse representative with primary Care Group the continued when it became a Trust from 1999-2004 (5 years)
Joined Association of District Nurse Educators (ADNE) 2012
Awarded title of Queen's Nurse by Queen's Nursing Institute (2013)
Part of online community - involved hosting and contributing to online discussions and information sharing as well as supporting Twitter activity within the School of Health and Social Care
Dementia Friend since 2013, Dementia Champion since 2017
External examiner for University of Cumbria district nursing programme and long term conditions modules from 2014 (now completed tenure)
External Examiner for UCLan district nursing course and leg ulcer modules from September 2018
Contributed to the development of the QNI resource pack for their Transition of Care project which has run over the past two years. (December 2016)
PgC Learning and Teaching in Professional Practice
Award Date: 30 Sep 2009
PgC Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Teesside University
Award Date: 31 Jul 2009
Master, Health and Community Care (Sociology and Social Policy), Durham University
Award Date: 31 Dec 1999
Diploma Professional Studies in District Nursing, Northumbria University
Award Date: 6 Sep 1995
Bachelor, Nursing Studies, King's College London
Award Date: 31 Aug 1991
Fellow, Higher Education Academy