I first qualified as a physiotherapist in 2007 from St. Martins College, Carlisle, now known as the University of Cumbria. I went on to complete various junior rotations in Rochdale Infirmary and Trafford General Hospital. However, I specialised in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy early in my clinical career with a senior post in a Community COPD Team covering the Chorley and Preston areas. I found this job very rewarding and gained a wealth of knowledge. Nonetheless, after a few years, I moved back into the acute hospital environment of the Manchester Royal Infirmary rotating between Medical and Surgical teams as a Senior Respiratory Physiotherapist.
I have always enjoyed clinical education and commenced full time at Keele in September 2012. I value continued professional development and since graduating have achieved a PG Cert in Clinical Leadership, PG Cert in Teaching and Learning which in turn means I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Masters in Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy.
Research and scholarship
In October 2018, I commenced a PhD in Psychology at Keele University under the supervision of Dr. Masi Noor and Dr. Sarah Chamberlain Mitchell. My research interests are mental health-focused in specific populations and my PhD will focus on Armed Forces Veterans.
My main areas of teaching include both undergraduate and postgraduate Cardiorespiratory elements. This includes underpinning anatomy and physiology, common respiratory assessment and treatment methods used, as well as teaching students about different respiratory environments such as palliative care or ITU.
An area of teaching I am particularly passionate about is Mental Health therefore, I also support and develop the teaching on Mental Health topics such as depression and dementia, particularly at an undergraduate level, for both curriculums.
Finally, I also support the teaching of topics such as professional practice, health and wellbeing and leadership.
A Trustee of an Armed Forces Veterans Charity in the local area.