I have been a member of the academic team within the Department of Nursing and Community Health since 2002. In the lead up to this my career in practice included; paediatric high dependency and intensive care (including some experience caring for neonates), the care and management of a group children and young people with diabetes taking part in a randomised control trial to ascertain the efficacy of a new basal insulin and international clinical trial site management.
My roles within the department have included; mentorship coordinator, mentorship programme leader, under graduate and post graduate module leader and 1st year student experience researcher. I was also seconded to the post of project lead at NHS Education for Scotland (NES) from October 2013 until March 2015. During this time I led on 2 national practice learning projects; 'The Development of a Scottish Student Practice Learning Experience Feedback Tool' and 'The Phase 2 Evaluation of the Care Home Education Facilitator Role (CHEF)'.
Since my return to the department I have resumed the role of an academic and deliver nursing education across years 1, 2 and 3 of the undergraduate programme. My involvement in the development of the CHEF role continues through my membership of the NES/Scottish Government National CHEF Delivery Group.
My areas of expertise and interest include; practice learning, mentorship; the first year student experience and child health.