My first degree was in Critical Theory/Communication Studies at Nottingham Trent University. I subsequently worked in the NHS in Brighton, London and Glasgow in a variety of public health roles, primarily related to sexual health, blood-borne viruses and substance misuse.
I moved to Scotland in 2006 to work as Programme Manager for Hepatitis C in the Publlic Health Protection Unit at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. During this time I spent a year on part-time secondment to the World Health Organisation as Consultant with the Viral Hepatitis section, and drafted the Manual for the development and assessment of national viral hepatitis plans.
I have postgraduate diplomas in Health Service Management (Greenwich School of Management, 2006) and Public Health (University of Glasgow, 2017), and am planning to complete a Masters in Public Health at the University of Stirling.
In October 2017 I started in post as Research Coordinator for the Drugs Research Network Scotland (DRNS). This is a national, strategic research collaboration designed to address the issues of problem drug use and recovery in Scotland.
The DRNS has received 3-years' funding from the Scottish Funding Council to develop a sustainable infrastructure and programme of work around substance misuse and recovery. Our work is designed to implement the Scottish National Research Framework for Problem Drug Use and Recovery.
My main research and knowledge exchange activities relate to substance misuse and addictions; social inequalities; public and patient involvement, and service evaluation.
My background is in quantative research methods, and I am keen to develop my understanding and experience of qualitative approaches.