2011 - Present: Teaching Fellow (Mental Health Nursing)
2008 - 2011: Young Persons Team Manager (Drug and Alcohol Housing Project)
2003 - 2008: Clinical Nurse Specialist / Drug and Alcohol (Adult) Team Manager
2001 - 2003: GP Liaison Manager (Substance Misuse)
2000 - 2001: GP Liaison Nurse (Substance Misuse)
Perinatal mental health; Nutrition in pregnancy
Teaching across a range of pre and post registration modules. Areas of expertise / interest:
Substance misuse; dual diagnosis (mental health and substance misuse); substance misuse and pregnancy; perinatal mental health; comprehensive assessment; nutrition and behavioural disorders; nutrition and mental health; nutrition and pregnancy;; non-medical prescribing; complimentary therapies
Personal Tutor - Pre Registration and CPD.
Alongside my academic career I continue to practice as an independent non-medical nurse prescriber and run a private nutritional therapy practice.
Perinatal mental health;
Perinatal substance misuse;
Preconception and perinatal nutrition in relation to cognitive development in the infant/child;
Preconception and perinatal nutrition in relation to maternal mental health;
Zinc nutrition and perinatal depression.
- A critical account of the health communication practices, formally and informally, of migrant mothers, as they experience post-natal mental health illnesses, including but not restricted to post-natal depression.
- An identification of the enabling and disabling factors that stand between migrant south-Asian mothers struggling postnatal and their being able to access culturally competent care
- An identification of the ways in which new knowledge about these mothers and their communicative practices can be mobilised for supporting women in this area in the midst of public funding cuts