My background is in healthcare (nursing, health visiting), with wide experience, in UK and abroad. I have a long history of commitment to a quality health service, with a focus on addressing the health needs of marginalized populations. In the Netherlands and Kathmandu I worked with rehabilitation projects for youth involved in substance misuse. I spent some months working in a community health post in an isolated hill village with a tribal group. As a health visitor I sat on the domestic violence forum, and had responsibilities for hostels (for adolescent mothers, homeless and refuges populations, and women’s aid). I have been active in promoting psychosocial health: I helped develop, and delivered, a parenting programme designed for inclusivity, and delivered a counselling service at 2 GP practices.
Since entering the University of Wolverhampton I have designed a new BSc Public Health course, which has been running since 2012, and has been very well evaluated, by both home and international students. My expertise is in psychosocial health, and the politics of health. I enjoy teaching students across all levels the need to promote health and wellbeing across populations, and to expand their thinking about the social determinants of Public Health.