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I am a Principal Lecturer sitting within the BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing team, in the School of Sport and Health Sciences, at the University of Brighton.

My clinical experience includes occupational mental health in the Royal Navy, acute mental health nursing (NHS) and health care management in prison settings. 

I previously worked at London South Bank University (2004-12), initially as a practice educator, where I completed a sequence of part-time secondments and consultancy roles between the univeristy and several health and justice organisations (Central and North West London Trust, Care Services Improvement Partnerships, Offender Health at the Department of Health and Social Care), focusing on workforce and educational projects. Within this role I managed 'NVQ3 Custodial Health Care' training in the London region and subsequently developed and led the 'Foundation Degree in Offender Care'. I also project managed the development of mental health awareness training for the HMPPS + West Midlands probation service, and led national work on the development of peer care in prisons. 

At the University of Brighton (2012-current), I co-led the mental health nursing team, and led recruitment for the field between 2013-2018. In 2014 I undertook a Professional Doctorate in Education, within the School of Education, University of Brighton. 

Supervisory Interests

My Educational Doctorate focused on educational approaches to supporting peer care for older and disabled detainees in UK prisons. Other research outputs include systematic reviews on interventions to reduce staff burnout in secure health settings and methods of supporting resilience for older people in prisons. Current research activity includes secondary qualitative data analysis of U.S. prisoner peer caregiver research, and I am looking forward to further collaborations with forensic social work academics and researchers at the University of Loiusville this summer.

I am interested in supervising projects relating to, 'mental health nursing', 'nursing in prisons, justice and forensic settings', 'training, educational and workforce issues in justice settings', 'resilience issues for people coming into contact with justice services', 'ageing and older people in contact with justice services' and 'peer care in prisons'.

Approach to teaching

Aside from completing the MA in Practice Education, I have several additonal teaching and learning qualifications, these are: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, NMC Registered Teacher, Practice Assessor (A1 award). At the University of Brighton I have led academic modules on the following topics: Human Qualities in Nursing, Practice Learning (Year 2 Mental Health), Therapeutic Approaches in MH Nursing, and Qualitative Research Methods.

I teach on several programmes, for example: BSc (Hons) Nursing; Foundation Degree - Health and Social Care; several Post-Graduate Programmes and Leading Practice Education programmes. (I have also previously taught and assessed on the BSc (Hons) Midwifery and Paramedic Science programmes). I contribute to the School Standards and Quality Committee, the External Examiners sub-committee, I am a Tier 1 ethics application reviewer and an external examiner for the University of Manchester.

I have spoken at several international and local conferences on a wide range of educational and practice issues, for example, in 2022 I presented a matter for discussion at the Royal College of Nursing annual congress, Glasgow. I am interested critical theory, critical self-awareness, emancipatory reflection, mentoring, inductive and social approaches to teaching and learning.

Education/Academic qualification

MA Practice Education, London South Bank University

Award Date: 1 Oct 2013

Post Graduate Certificate in Management, The Open University

Award Date: 1 Dec 2002

Post Graduate Diploma Clinical Studies, University of Brighton

Award Date: 1 Oct 2000

BSc (Hons) Degree, The Open University

Award Date: 7 Oct 1997

Dip HE / Registered mental nursing

Award Date: 6 Sept 1994

Professional Doctorate in Education, University of Brighton

1 Sept 20151 Jun 2021

External positions

External Examiner

1 Feb 20221 Feb 2025


  • RT Nursing
  • LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education


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