After completing my adult nurse training in the Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service, I worked as a staff nurse in a variety of clinical areas at Royal Naval Hospitals Haslar and Plymouth. I then undertook a number of roles in community nursing where I became especially interested in working with children and families. I qualified as a health visitor in 1988 and practiced in a wide variety of community settings including city, coastal and rural areas, until I joined the University of Surrey in 2003. I completed a part time honours degree in Nursing Studies at Portsmouth University in 1993 and was the first community nurse in my locality to be awarded the ENB Higher Award the following year. I subsequently became a Community Practice Teacher and after many enjoyable years in this role, I took up the opportunity to develop further skills in learning and teaching in Higher Education and completed my MSc in this subject in 2006.
My MSc research explored the support needs of Health Visitors who mentor pre-registration nursing students
I have a particular interest in supporting families with children who have special needs, my role as the special needs link health visitor enabled me to develop additional skills in this vitally important area of health visiting practice
Foundations of Health and Social Care (CFP)Care Delivery and Interventions (Adult branch)Health Promotion (BSc Health and Social Care)MSc/BSc Public Health PracticeLeading Empowered Partnerships (MSc) Working in Empowered Partnerships (BSc)Public Health AssessmentAssessment in PracticeReturn to Practice (Nursing and SPCHN)
Module Organiser for Foundations of Health and Social Care, Health Promotion andLeading Empowered Partnerships and Working in Empowered PartnershipsCommunity Link Tutor for Locality 5 and Hampshire PCTProfessional Tutor for SPCHN (HV) studentsTutor for rejoining students of all cohorts