I started my nursing career in 1983 and developed my specialism in the care of the older person. Having an interest in education and training I also worked part-time at a college of further education. My passion for family life, public health and early intervention led me to pursue a career as a health visitor and I obtained a BSc in Specialist Nurse Practice in Public Health / Health Visiting. I worked within Staffordshire, Shropshire and the West Midlands. As a qualified practice teacher and practice education facilitator I supported health visitor education and training for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust as part of their professional development unit. Here I was supported to undertake my PGCE and post graduate diploma in education.
My specialist interests are in perinatal and infant mental health and behaviour management. I am a fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) and in 2014-2015 I worked on secondment for them as education officer. Alongside colleagues I developed national standards for continuing professional development for health visitors around the 6 high impact areas and standards for professional practice. I developed numerous educational resources for health visitors including webinars, expert and service user films. Before undertaking my role as senior lecturer in adult nursing I worked as a manager of 6 health visiting teams within a Community Trust, further developing my leadership and management skills. Here I completed my Masters in Health and Social Care enabling me to return to my educational roots within a University setting.