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I qualified as an adult nurse in 1996. I trained at Nottingham University and started my career on an Infectious Diseases Unit which developed my interest in the care of people effected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
This led me to work in palliative care at the Royal Marsden and an inpatient HIV unit at St Bartholomews hospital in London.
In 1999 I qualified as a Specialist Community Public Health nurse and worked as a Sure Start health visitor before becoming an HIV Specialist Health Visitor in South West London. With the introduction of routine antenatal HIV screening this role changed and I became a Community Clinical Nurse Specialist for HIV for many years.
The role was to provide a seamless pathway of high quality care from the community to the acute setting. This role introduced me to many aspects of Public Health and led me to undertake a Diploma in Tropical Nursing and MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. This was an amazing opportunity to explore public health on a local, national and international level.
I am a contraceptive and sexual health nurse (CASH) practitioner and have been involved in many health promotion projects over the years including school sexual health programmes, sex worker outreach, parenting programmes , breastfeeding cafes and I am an instructor for the Mental Health First Aid toolkit (England).
I am interested in all areas of research relating to public health.
Areas of special interest include:
Sexual health & HIV:
Sexual health promotion for young people :
- delivered by digital media
- consent/sexual debut in young people
- mental health/risk taking
Health promotion / health education programmes
Public policy & health inequality
Mental health & breast feeding
Master, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
30 Sep 2004 → 30 Sep 2005
Award Date: 1 Sep 2005
Sep 1998 → Sep 1999
Award Date: 1 Sep 1999