I currently work as a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme but also contribute to the BA (Hons) in Child and Youth Studies. I am currently acting as stage three leader, supporting Early Childhood Studies students in the final year of their undergraduate programme. I also work in partnership with the British Red Cross to organise OFSTED recognised paediatric first aid training for Early Childhood Studies Students.
I currently contribute to the following modules:
- BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies:
- The Growing Child
- Children's Health
- Vulnerable Children and the Law
I also act as a personal tutor to students taking the Emerging Practitioner and Critically Reflective Practitioner modules and undertake a supervisory role for students who are undertaking the Independent Study module.
- BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies:
- The Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People
Experience in industry
I have many years experience of working in the NHS as a registered nurse, midwife and health visitor and have worked within both acute and community settings. As a health visitor I also gained experience working as a trainer for a domestic violence forum, raising awareness of domestic violence and its' impact on children. I extended this experience by training for a Local Safeguarding Children's Board in the North West, again focusing mainly on domestic abuse and its' impact on children but also co-delivering sessions on neglect and the graded care profile.
I moved into Higher Education in the North West in 2004 gaining experience as a senior lecturer then programme lead on a Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) programme. I led the process by which that programme became the first in the country to gain UNICEF Baby Friendly accreditation in respect of health visitor training. I also embedded the Solihull Parenting approach into the health visitor programme, and latterly became a trainer in respect of that element. I also worked with colleagues to design, validate and lead a postgraduate continuing professional development framework for nurses which had a number of named routes. I have a particular interest in safeguarding children and also took specific responsibility for running the postgraduate route in respect of safeguarding children. During my time in the North West I was also acted as a reviewer in respect of Quality Assurance for my professional body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and worked as an external examiner for another university.
I moved to the University of Derby in January 2014 to contribute to the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Programme and enjoy sharing elements of my professional experience with students on this programme.
I act as module leader for the Children's health module which is also taught by our partners in Greece and enjoy liasing with colleagues there.
Additional interests and activities
I love spending time with my family and friends, especially my first grandchild and I especially enjoy gardening, cooking and baking!