I joined the Department of Nursing Science after a career in the NHS spanning over 30 years, culminating in the position as Associate Director of Nursing in a large NHS community Trust. As an active professional practice in nursing, at local, regional and national level, my qualifications are as Registered Nurse BSc (Hons); PG Cert Ed; MA Ethics in Health Care, and I am currently studying for my doctorate. During the recent pandemic, it has been a privilege to work on the national Covid immunisation programme.

An experienced nurse academic, my strengths in education, professional practice and a developing research profile are guided by the concept of compassion, with an emphasis on spirituality. I am a member and contribute to the International Network for the Study of Spirituality. The BU 2025 values underpin my education, professional practice and research activity in the areas of compassion, kindness, respect and a caring positive mindset for humanised nursing. This is aligned and is a key requirement of all Registered Nurses working in the NHS. I have embedded the concept of humanising within the teaching of digital competencies. (Waight and Holley 2021).

My teaching responsibilities encompasses course leadership for the BU CPD programme Foundations in General Practice Nursing, a dynamic and innovative programme for General Practice Nurses working in primary care. Here I lead three CPD units to enable registered nurses to continue CPD in the area of developing their role, in care of clients Long Term Conditions, Minor Illness and paediatric and urgent care.

In terms of citizenship, I am responsible for the Department of Nursing refresh in communications strategy, building our wider external and internal profile and publish our quarterly ‘Newsbites, Good news stories’ Newsletters. I research as part of the Nursing for Long term Health Research centre, and you can find out more about our work @N4LTH


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