Activities per year
As a Registered General Nurse I worked in the NHS for twenty-six years before moving into Higher Education in December 2016. I regularly participated as a guest lecturer on diabetes within BSc Nursing and PGDip District Nursing. I completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (HE) as part of my role as Lead Educator for diabetes within NHS Ayrshire and Arran. This included developing and implementing accredited structured education programmes for people living with diabetes. One such programme - Better Regulation Using Carbohydrate and Insulin Education (BRUCIE) - evolved as a research project with the final results demonstrating significant improvements in treatment satisfaction for those participating in the programme.
Developing and delivering education for those working in health and social care was a key aspect of my role as Lead Educator for diabetes. It was through this that my interest in Interprofessional Education (IPE) emerged. I developed education packages such as Talking About Diabetes (TAD) - a programme aimed at carers - in collaboration with the Diabetes Managed Clinical Network. I worked in collaboration with University of the West of Scotland to develop the Diabetes Management Module in collaboration. The Diabetes Management Module is a multi-professional module with participants attending from general practice, nursing, Allied Health Professionals and pharmacy. Uniquely the education for the module is delivered by those working in the diabetes service including medicine, Allied Health Professionals, nursing, psychology, pharmacy, optometry, service users and individuals from local authority and other social care services.
Area of academic expertise - outline
Education for people with diabetes and those supporting diabetes services.
Current research activities
IPE is the focus of my doctoral research - An Exploration of Interprofessional Education in Health and Social Care – data collection will span higher education and clinical practice.
Desired research direction
My other interests include developing clinical supervision and reflective practice for undergraduates, the pastoral role of lecturers within HE and bridging the gap the HE/practice gap.
- RT Nursing
- Interprofessional Education
- Health and Social Care
Activity: Oral presentation