I have worked as a Lecturer Practitioner at the Marsden School since 2016, before which I was a Practice Educator in the Royal Marsden Hospital Critical Care Unit (CCU). I am an Intensive Care Nurse and have always worked with cancer patients; I regularly link back with CCU and have been able to provide clinical support during the most recent pandemic.
I am the module leader for the Acute Cancer Practice Module and the Foundations in Cancer Practice Module and lead the academic elements of the Royal Marsden Hospital’s Early Careers Programme. I am also a Sage and Thyme Facilitator and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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 and in particular the acutely deteriorating cancer patient.
I have a particular interest in Simulation as a teaching and learning method and been trained to develop, manage and debrief simulation scenarios using a variety of fidelities. I incorporate simulated activities as much as possible in my classroom teaching and now the online environment now too. I really enjoy teaching our students online and have enjoyed transforming our modules onto the online arena. I confidently utilise a variety of online and face to face methods to create a quality learning experience for our cancer healthcare professionals and I appreciate and grateful that online methods has allowed me as a lecturer and practitioner to still be able to provide teaching for our staff, during the more challenging times in healthcare. I also work closely with those who are early in their cancer career and hope to explore this area of research more closely over the coming years.
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.