I am a UK Nursing and Midwifery Council Registered Mental Health and Learning Disability Nurse. I am also a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapist.

My health service career has predominately been within the NHS, working in adult mental health, Learning Disability Services and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. I have worked within both clinical and managerial positions within these settings.

Your Thoughts About Online Learning

The importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) within healthcare has never been greater. With the advancements within clinical practice and the need for research based innovation to move services forward, the role of CPD is paramount. With the increasing economic pressures within health provisions, the time to access study can be limited. For health care workers, the flexibility of studying online is invaluable. Learning can be gained in specialist areas at a time that is convenient for them. The courses are all focused towards practice so students can be assured that their courses will benefit their day to day clinical work. Being online also means that study can be taken around the world. This can enhance the opportunities for students to share innovations and help to increase their knowledge to facilitate developments within their own practice.


Professional Memberships

I am currently a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council as well as being accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists.


  • In 1998 I achieved my diploma in Learning Disability Nursing through the University of Wolverhampton.
  • In 2001 I attained BSc (Hons) in Advanced Nursing Studies from here, the University of Derby.
  • In 2005 I completed a post graduate diploma in Mental Health Nursing (with registration to the Nursing and Midwifery Council) from the University of Northampton.
  • I then returned to the University of Derby to complete my MSc in Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapy in 2013.

At the present time I am working towards a Doctorate in Health and Social Care at the University of Derby.



Research Interests

My current research interests include self-compassion and the mental health of parents of children with developmental disabilities.