I joined the school as a part-time lecturer practitioner in January 2016 while continuing my Band 7 role as a Critical Care Unit (CCU) Practice Educator. I gained my PG Diploma in Clinical Education from King's College in 2017 and in 2018 I made the difficult decision to leave my clinical role to focus on developing my teaching role. I now work 3 days a week as an academic teacher in the Marsden School.
I lead the Acute Cancer Practice, Principles of Head and Neck and Breast Cancer care Modules. I also now lead the schools involvement in the Royal Marsden Preceptorship Programme and Co-Lead the Rotation Programme.
Prior to joining The Royal Marsden in 2006, I worked as a staff nurse at University College London Hospital's head and neck oncology ward. My experience with head and neck patients ignited a strong interest in working with oncology patients who have acute or critical conditions with particular reference to the care of the acute airway and I have had the opportunity over my 12 years in the Marsden CCU to nurse a wide variety of oncology patients who are post major surgery or have acute oncological medical problems and work with an amazing group of nurses, AHP and educators.
I have a particular interest in Simulation as a teaching and learning method and try to incorporate elements of simulated activities as much as possible in my classroom teaching. I hope this strengthens and develops the elusive link of theory to practice in my students and allows them to explore and think critically about their practice in a deeper, more engaged way. This is also an area of research that continues to grow and an area of my pedagogical practice I hope to contribute to and develop in the near future.
I have 2 young children so hobbies are a rarity! But when there is time, Music, Dancing and Theatre play a big part of our lives.