Lecturer in Early Years Practice
I am an experienced academic nurse with over 30 years working in roles as a nurse, midwife, health visitor, child protection advisor and lecturer in nursing. In particular, I have substantial professional experience working with and safeguarding the health and wellbeing of children and families. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a registered Nurse Teacher with the NMC. I am the External Examiner for the PG Diploma in SCPHN (health visiting and school nursing ) programmes at Leeds Beckett University with a sound understanding of the regulatory standards governing healthcare education. I have experience as an NMC Registrant Visitor for the approval and monitoring of NMC approved programmes and have acted as External Panel member for other HEIs NMC Approval events.
I joined the University of Stirling as a fulltime permanent Lecturer with a focus on the Early Years at the beginning of December 2014.
I am Programme Director for the MSc Early Years Practice (Health Visiting) and lead on curriculum design and development and the support and co-ordination of the programme team. I am the Project Lead for implementation and sustainability of the Unicef UK Baby Friendly University Standards and successfully led the programme to full accreditation as Baby Friendly in 2021. l am the Deputy Fitness to Practice Lead for the BSc Nursing and BSc Paramedic programmes and an investigating officer. I am the module co-ordinator for several undergraduate and postgraduate modules: Principles and Practice of Child and Family Health and Wellbeing (SCQF Level 11); Health Visiting in Practice (SCQF Level 10); Health Visiting in Practice Conversion (SCQF Level 10). I also contribute to curriculum development and enhancement, teaching and assessment on the BSc Nursing programme.
My research interests are in the field of vulnerable children, child protection, children's mental health and public health nursing (health visiting and school nursing). I am particularly interested in interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people, and the role of the school nurse.
I am a part time PhD student within the School of Health Sciences and I am on track to complete in 2024. The title of my study is "Exploring the school nurse work supporting primary school-aged children’s mental health: a mixed methods study". It is a sequential mixed methods study comprising of two phases. Phase One comprised an online survey of nurses working in the school health service in Scotland. Phase Two employed a Case Study Design and involved online semi-structured interviews with school-aged children aged 9-11 years, parents, SCPHN-School Nurses and teachers. I used participatory methods to collect data from the children.
2021 Winner Student Nursing Times Award (Education Provider of the Year (Post-registration)MSc Early Years Practice (Health Visiting) Progrmme
2018 2nd Place in Journal of HV Awards (HV Educator of the Year) MSc Early Years Practice (Health Visiting) Programme
2018 Joint 3rd place in Journal of HV Awards (HV Educator of the Year) Alison Hackett
Registered Community Prescriber
Registered Nurse (Adult)
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Specialist Community Public Health Nurse-Health Visitor