I am a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University and hold professional qualifications – as a registered nurse, as a psychologist and I was a counsellor. I have held a number of posts from Research Fellow, Practice Educator, Equality Officer to lecturer in other Universities, the NHS and non Governmental Organisations. I have a wide portfolio of work both academic, Government and Health and Social Care areas.
My primary research interest lies in the field of intellectual disability especially cancer care, bereavement, healthy ageing, women’s issues and health and social care inequalities. I also have interests in mental health, welfare reform, citizenship, bereavement (more widely), health and social care workforce and creativity in the curriculum.
I am an external examiner for Sheffield Hallam University, Chair for Family Advice and Information Resource (FAIR) and Board member of the Society of Cancer and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
I sit on a number of groups including the Learning Disability East Managed Care Network, Excellence in Care Academic Advisory Group and Future Nurse steering group .