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 contribute to undergraduate units (nursing and midwifery) that focus on public health, health inequalities in maternity, research, and all aspects of children's nursing. I supervise undergraduate student dissertations through to PhD students.
I am the chair of the Children and Young People's Nurse Academics (CYPNAUK) which is a national organisation of academics involved in the education of children's nurses at all levels. I am also on the editorial boards of MIDIRS (Midwifery Digest) and Nurse Education in Practice. I peer review for several nursing journals and for the NIHR
I have a professional background in both adult and children’s nursing but the majority of my clinical career took place in children’s hospitals across the north west of England between 1989 and 1995, most recently with children with neurological or metabolic disorders. I have worked in nurse education since 1995, engaging in curriculum development and delivery across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including leadership of an MSc Nursing (University of Salford) for ten years. I am the University Link Lecturer for severtal clinical areas at The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
My research and publications consider issues on the boundary of health and social care for vulnerable young people, particularly in terms of gender and class. Following an MA in Women's Studies and Sociology and a PhD in Sociology I have published and researched in the area of contraception and sexual health, young people's access to health services, young parents, neglected children (with Action for Children) and the wellbeing of young carers. A key aspect of this research has been the participation of young people themselves in the research process, including those who are considered “hard to reach” in research terms.
I am an 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 - Advisory council member
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