I qualified as a registered general nurse in 1988 and started my post registration practice as a staff nurse on a busy accident and emergency unit in the North East of England. Subsequent years in clinical practice have been spent in the nephrology nursing field, predominantly in haemodialysis units across the Midlands. I pursued an interest in professional development and education in renal nursing, and held the post of Service Development Nurse at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry for 5 years winning the ‘Investor in People’ award with senior management colleagues for in-service staff development. I subsequently developed renal courses for nurses in collaboration with Coventry University and the Royal College of Nursing at Coventry and as an accredited level 6 programme with Birmingham City University whilst working as Professional Development Lead at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. I was involved in the development of a renal e-learning platform in collaboration with UK renal colleagues and OCE Media. During my career in clinical practice I spent 3 years as acting Modern Matron for renal services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust.
I am currently employed as senior lecturer with the University of Wolverhampton as module leader for the renal degree programme.