Primary School, Secondary School in Scunthorpe.
A levels at a 6th Form College (messed up and had to resit!)
Registered General Nurse training in Nottingham
A BSC degree with the Open University which I finished in 2002
Another BSc at Derby and then a Masters at Nottingham to become an Advanced Clinical Practitioner.
Staff nurse (normal nurse working on the wards) for 10 years
Then I worked in research with clinical trials (a bit like the covid trials that you may have heard of), then an educator where I trained other nurses, then a ward manager where I was in charge of a ward of nurses.
I became an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in 2013 because my favourite type of work was working with patients on wards.
Now I look after teams of Advanced Clinical Practitioners in the two Nottingham Hospitals (City and Queens), I train people and I do a lot of work trying to support Advanced Clinical Practitioners who work elsewhere within the county.
Nottinghamshire Alliance Training Hub
(and Nottingham University Hospitals)
I live with my family in Nottingham. My husband and I both work in the National Health Service (NHS) at the City Hospital and Queens Medical Centre. My 3 children are now grown up; one successfully completed a History degree and works in Nottingham, one is doing her nurse training at Derby University and then the third is studying Biomedicine at Portsmouth.
I’m more of an outdoor person than indoor, but I love a good book, am trying to complete Assassins Creed Valhalla, have just bought a Nintendo Switch and am trying to each myself how to play a ukulele!
My pronouns are:
I am a nurse by background but I’m now an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) in a hospital. This job is a lot like a doctor but I have moved into managing teams of ACPs so that they can work better on the wards. I also work at the Training Hub as project lead trying to help and support other Advanced Clinical Practitioners and trainees in the county.
My Typical Day:
I usually work 9-5pm Monday to Friday and now spend a lot of time in the office writing documents, sending and receiving emails and having virtual meetings. 1 day a month I teach university students and occasionally I will work on a medical ward.