Biography

I joined the School of Health Sciences in October 2016 as a Lecturer in Nursing Sciences (Adult).

Career summary

I trained as a general nurse, and on completion, specialised in respiratory care before moving into Midwifery.

In 1991, I joined the Norfolk Arthritis Register, a longitudinal observational study of inflammatory polyarthritis (IP) aiming to establish the cause, incidence and outcome of IP. My research nurse and managerial roles provided extensive research experience.

Moving to the UEA, I completed my PhD in 2016: 'Understanding, recognising and preventing dehydration in older residents living in care homes: a mixed methods study'. My research interests are in hydration and nutritional care in older people living in care homes, working on a number of projects with Dr Lee Hooper and Professor Ailsa Welch.

 

Research studies include: 

  1. The ‘Making Drinking Fun’ Study: an activities-based programme supporting care home residents’ to drink well.

  2. The Dehydration Recognition in our Elders, DRIE, study (http://driestudy.appspot.com/) investigated the diagnostic accuracy of commonly used signs and symptoms of dehydration in older people.

  3. Eating and Drinking Well in Dementia, EDWINA. Systematic reviews of interventions aiming to support people with dementia to eat and drink well.

  4. Thinking about Drinking. a qualitative study exploring the views of residents, their families and carers regarding hydration care in care homes.

  5. Scoping review of nutritional and hydration guidelines for care homes.

  6. Systematic review investigating the impact of a Mediterranean diet on musculoskeletal health.

Career

2016 - current: Lecturer in Nursing Sciences (Adult)

2015-2016: Senior Research Associate, UEA

2012-2015: PhD Student / Research Associate, UEA

2003-2012: Clinical Manager, Norfolk Arthritis Register (University of Manchester)

1991-2003: Research Nurse, Norfolk Arthritis Register

1986-1991: Staff Midwife, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital

1984-1986: Student Midwife, St George’s Hospital, London

1983-1984: Staff Nurse, The Brompton Hospital, London

 

Professional Qualifications:

2016: PhD 

2002: MSc in Health Sciences 

1984: Registered Midwife 

1983: BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies, Registered General Nurse

 

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