I joined the NHS as a student nurse in 1983. On qualification I worked within trauma and orthopaedics for two years. I then decided to become a midwife and have never looked back. I have worked in the Middle East and in all areas of maternity care. I always had an interest in education and enjoyed mentoring student midwives. I taught skills drills to midwives and medical staff and so began my journey towards working within education at Christchurch University.
I began my current post as a midwifery lecturer in 2015 so am the newest member of the team. I currently have the lead role for the clinical skills module and absolutely love teaching students the skills that they will need to practice in all area's of maternity. The enthusiasm and enjoyment that students demonstrate is very inspiring and I can not think of anything I would rather be doing.
I am studying at CCCU to gain my postgraduate certificate in education. I am also taking on the wider role of a midwifery lecturer and enjoying this new chapter in my life.
Research and knowledge exchange
I am currently about to undertake a small research project for my PGCAP looking at modes of delivery of the clinical skills module. I hope to become increasingly involved in research as I have felt that midwifery research is not as high profile as it should be.
Teaching and subject expertise
I currently do not practice clinically as I am studying. My interest has always been within the area's of antenatal care and I managed a fetal medicine unit for a number of years. This also led me to become interested in pregnancy loss and the care that families undergoing a bereavement receive