I have had a long career as a nurse and midwife working in various clinical environments ultimately practicing as a senior midwife on the labour suite of a busy inner city hospital.
In 1999 I became a midwifery lecturer focusing on legal and professional issues, programme leadership for pre- registration and teaching on Masters level midwifery courses. I continue to be a supervisor of midwives undertaking audits and investigation appeals as part of the Local Supervising Authority team.
My research has taken me to Africa to work with the World Health Organisation to explore the use of technology to train students and I have a passion for working with health care workers in low resource settings. I have also undertaken a number of educational studies in the United Kingdom exploring the views of students, service users and healthcare professionals in relation to aspects of formal training, volunteering and inter-professional learning.
My role on the editorial board of the British Journal of Midwifery, where I have a regular column, has enabled me to support colleagues and students in writing for publication and conference presentation.
I have recently completed the maximum tenure of eight years as a Nursing and Midwifery Council Fitness to Practise panellist and continue to sit on Registration Appeals Committees.