I joined SHU in November 2018 as Lecturer in Clinical Leadership following a long career in Health Visiting. Based in the Centre for Leadership in Health and Social Care within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, I am module leader for Planning Service Improvement and Evaluating Service Improvement.
My background is in adult nursing, community nursing and health visiting. I worked for many years as a front line Health Visitor, then supporting students undertaking the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course as a Practice Teacher. For approximately 10 years I held a senior leadership position in Barnsley, firstly as Lead Nurse for Health Visiting and then Professional Lead in 0 to 19 Children’s Universal Services.
My role also included being a practice governance coach, ensuring that the service was delivered in line with governance frameworks, CQC regulations and service modernisation agenda. This also included making sure that the workforce was appropriately trained, skilled and competent to carry out their duties. Both roles required me to provide effective clinical leadership to ensure that safe, effective and high-quality care was delivered to all service users across 0 to 19 pathways, working in collaboration with health and social care.
During my career I have also had the opportunity to work at a regional and national level leading on a number of projects relating to both leadership and service improvement. These roles have been instrumental in building my knowledge, expertise and special interest in Leadership and service improvement.
Planning Service Improvement, Evaluating Service Improvement
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