I started my career in nursing in the 1990s and early on developed a real focus and passion for working with older people and people with dementia. During this time I developed a real passion for how care and support could be improved and began my journey to improve dementia in acute care. I became a dementia specialist nurse and combined my passion for dementia with teaching and knew that I had found my voice.
The opportunity to pursue and combine my love of teaching and dementia came in 2013 when I joined the University of Surrey as a Teaching Fellow. My role involves ensuring dementia education is incorporated throughout undergraduate nurse curriculum and I feel privileged every day to be given the opportunity to help in developing our future workforce.
I started my PhD in 2014 looking at integration of people with dementia and their carers in student nurse education.
I am blessed to have a supportive family – 3 children whose ages range from 10 to 4 and a very patient husband.
I love relaxing with my kindle whenever I can find a quiet corner in the house or garden.