Lecturer in Early Years Practice
My professional background spans 30 years and I have experience practicing as a nurse, midwife, health visitor and 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 underpinned with an MSc in Nursing and Applied Education. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a registered Nurse Teacher with the NMC. I am an NMC Registrant Visitor for the approval and monitoring of NMC approved programmes.
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 Programme Director for the Return to Practice Programme. I am 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); Return to Practice (SCQF Level 9). and I also contribute to curriculum development, teaching and assessment on the BSc Nursing programme.
My research interests are in the field of vulnerable children, child protection and public health 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. For my Masters dissertation I conducted a small scale research study to explore the role of the school nurse in child protection.
I commenced my part time PhD within the School of Health Sciences in October 2015. The title of my study is "Exploring the work of the school nurse in supporting primary school age children's mental health". It is a mixed methods study comprising of two sequential phases. Phase One data collection is complete and Phase Two data collection commenced in September 2020.
NMC QA Registrant Visitor
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Registered Community Prescriber
Registered Nurse (Adult)
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Specialist Community Public Health Nurse-Health Visitor