I developed my career in Adult Nursing specialising in Neuro-medical/Neuro-surgical Nursing, working full-time in units in Edinburgh, Glasgow and agency in Oxford. Thereafter I undertook midwifery education and practised full-time as a clinical midwife both in hospital and the community, latterly combining this with my interest in research. Currently as an experienced midwife, I fulfill a statutory appointment as a Supervisor of Midwives with NHS Highland.
As an experinced nurse and midwife and academic I have developed numerous degree level modules and clinical study days for qualified staff in nursing and midwifery. As part of a small midwifery team , I was responsible for all aspects of the full-time Midwifery Diploma in Higher Education and since 2008 ensured the smooth running of the full-time BSc Midwifery Programme including, curriculum development, teaching, assessment, audit ofplacemnts. mentorship updates, and practic elearing experience.
From September 2013 due to changes in undergraduate midwifery education in Scotland I have became Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching and Chief Examiner, responsible for the delivery of modules and programmes across all 3 campuses.
My current School Responsibilities:
Faculty Chief Examiner
Lead Subject Chief Examiner in Health Sciences
Lead Assessment and Regulations in Health Sciences
Lead Assessment and Regulations in the transition to University of Highland and Islands
I facilitate and teach a variety of clinical and academic skills across a number of subject areas, in both Adult and Mental Health fields of the BSc Nursing programme. I developed and lead on the Perinatal Mental Health Curriculum within the undergraduate nursing programme on Highland Campus and in the postgraduate Health Visiting programme.
Module co-ordinator for SHSU001 Learning to Learn for Nurses a new module introduced in September 2016.
At present I am Cohort Lead for the 2014 Undergraduate students.
Student experience activities:
I lead The Undergraduate Mile a Day Initiative -TUMAD
I am currently a Reviewer for the British Journal of Midwifery
In 2001 I was appointed as a Supervisor of Midwives by NHS Highland and continue to fulfill this statutory role in my own time.
I advise on guidelines for the use of water in labour and birth and audit the use of a pool in Raigmore Hospital in Inverness
Use of water in labour and birth
Emotional wellbeing of women
Perinatal Mental Health
Membership of Professional Organisations:
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
University and College Union
Royal College of Midwives
Society of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Immersion in water for labour and birth Emotional well-being of women Perinatal Mental Health