My career started in teaching (primary), which I enjoyed for four years before training to become a nurse via the MSc route. I started my nursing career on the High Dependency Unit before becoming involved in setting up and helping to run the Post Operative Surgical Unit. Following this I moved into primary care, working at the Walk-in Centre as a Minor Illness Nurse. I then moved into community nursing for several years before deciding to train as a Nurse Practitioner within a GP practice. Within this role I independently assessed, managed and treated patients with a wide range of minor illness conditions, including prescribing and follow up, to complete the full episode of patient care. I was actively involved in developing the brand new Minor Conditions Clinic at the surgery.
I have a keen interest in simulation in health care education and the role it plays in supporting the development of learning and improving confidence in the practice and application of clinical skills.
As lecturer in clinical skills and simulation, my role is predominantly to support teaching and learning through these methods, and to promote the development, growth and delivery of these areas within the curriculum and our programmes here at SHU.