I joined the NHS in 1983 and qualified as a nurse in 1986 and a midwife in 1989. From this time onwards I worked as a midwife in a variety of roles in three different Trusts. During the last 15 years of my NHS life I worked in management positions latterly as a Head of Midwifery and then Deputy Direct of Nursing. I thoroughly enjoyed my time within the NHS and hope that my extensive knowledge of healthcare and midwifery practice is now being well employed in teaching the next generation of nurses and midwives!
I began my current post as a midwifery lecturer in 2016 and have taught a variety of modules since starting. I also teach on the post graduate course ‘Professional Midwifery Advocate’ and I facilitate on a preparation study day for ‘Practice Assessors’. I completed the PGCAP at the beginning for this year am very much looking forward to further developing my teaching skills over the next few years.
Research and knowledge exchange
Having completed the PGCAP I am keen to explore the possibility of further research and am considering undertaking a PhD
Teaching and subject expertise
I currently practice clinically in role of Professional Midwifery Advocate; this allows me the perfect opportunity to get out into the clinical areas and to support midwives and student midwives in clinical practice using restorative clinical supervision. In turn the time out in the practice areas helps to inform my teaching!