I began my career as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) at Addenbrookes in Cambridge in 1985.  After moving to Nottingham to complete my mental health nurse education I remained in the midlands for fourteen years; during this period I worked in acute mental health services where I developed a wide range of skills and gained rich experience in mental health practice and team management; during this time I also completed a BSc (Hons) in Health Studies, studying part time at Nottingham Trent University.  

In 2001 I returned to Norfolk, where I had spent my childhood, to take up post at the University of East Anglia.  Whilst working at UEA I have fulfilled a number of exciting roles and completed an MA (Higher Education) achieving recordable teacher status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).  My previous roles have included School Director of Engagement, School Director of Pre-registration Programmes and Course Director Pre-registration Mental Health/Professional Lead Mental Health.  I am currently the Professional Lead for Pre-registration Nursing. In 2017 I was awarded a Doctorate in Education which I studied for at the School of Education and Lifelong Learning (EDU UEA).  My research focused on the investigation of professional integrity in pre-registration nursing students. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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