I am a senior lecturer and the Field Lead for Children and Young People's Nursing within the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. I have extensive experience of developing, teaching and leading Nursing programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I currently teach across a range of nursing units that focus on public health, health inequalities, and all aspects of children's nursing. I am an experienced qualitative researcher. I currently supervise undergraduate research dissertations and have a number of successful PhD student completions.
I am the founder and chair of the Children and Young People's Nurse Academics (CYPNAUK) network which is a national organisation of academics involved in the education of children's nurses at all levels. I am on the editorial board Nurse Education in Practice, review articles for several nursing journals and review proposals for several research organisations.
I have a professional background in both adult and children’s nursing, qualifying in 1987. I have worked in nurse education since 1995, and now have substantial experience in curriculum development, programme delivery and programme leadership across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. I am the University Link Lecturer for several clinical areas at RMCH as part of Manchester Foundation Trust.
My early research and publications considered issues on the boundary of health and social care for vulnerable young people, particularly in terms of gender and class inequalities. Following an MA in Women's Studies and Sociology and a PhD in Sociology I published and researched in the area of contraception and sexual health, young people's access to health services, and young parents. As the co - lead for the CYP@Salford research group my research expanded to include work with neglected children (with Action for Children) and the wellbeing of young carers, embedding the participation of young people themselves in the research process, including those who are considered “hard to reach” in research terms. I have also supervised a number of PhD students to successful completion and have a track record of successful co-authorship with these students.
I am the chair and member of the Advisory Council member for the Association of Young People’s Health http://www.youngpeopleshealth.org.uk/ and was a Trustee at Brook Manchester until 2011 and I have maintained active links with the new national organisation as a Brook member. I am the invited nurse academic representative on the Royal College of General Practitioners Adolescent Health Group. My links with local adolescent groups include the Youth Forum and the Adolescent Task and Finish Group at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, and Manchester Health Academy.
Registered General Nurse
Registered Sick Children's Nurse
Registered Nurse Teacher
BSc Nursing/Education (Huddersfield University)
MA Women's Studies/Sociology (Lancaster University)
PhD Sociology (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
Royal College of Nursing
British Sociological Association
Association of Young People's Health - Chair and Member of the Advisory Council, and Trustee.
Royal College of General Practitioner's Adolescent Interest Group (Invited nurse representative)
Brook Manchester (Trustee to 2011) Brook Member (current)
RCN Research in Child Health (Manchester Branch) Steering group