I qualified in mental health nursing at Salford School of Nursing in 1986, going on to work in diverse mental health care settings within the NHS. Whilst working within Substance Misuse Services, I undertook my first degree, graduating in 1993. My interest in substance misuse continued into my doctoral work, where my focus was upon women's experiences of heroin use. This feminist, post-modern ethnography has led to the subsequent development of projects relating to themes within the findings, (particularly domestic violence, exploring women's notions of honour and friendships.)
I have worked in higher education for almost 20 years, and have been involved in both Pre-registration Nurse Education and Post qualifying / Post graduate Programmes.