I qualified as a mental health nurse in 2008 at UCLan. I have also completed a PGcert in Primary Care Mental Health, Advanced Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Interventions for Anxiety and Depression and Solution Focused Interventions module. Prior to starting my role as Mental Health Clinical Lead in November in 2015 I worked for the NHS in primary care mental health services as a Clinical Lead Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. I am extremely proud to work for UCLan to support our students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties to progress successfully with their studies.
I completed my degree in Psychology in 2005 and since then I have worked as a Graduate Mental Health Worker in Primary Care, an Assistant Psychologist, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. During this time I have completed a PGcert in Primary Care Mental Health and the Advanced Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Interventions for Anxiety and Depression.
Prior to starting my role as Mental Health Advisor in February 2016 I worked for the NHS in primary care mental health as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) and Senior PWP. This role involved working in an IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service in Lancashire, treating common mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression.
Since qualifying as a mental health nurse in 2008 I have worked in secondary mental health settings on acute wards and intensive care. I left secondary care following the completion of my Masters to work as a CBT Therapist in a category B remand prison. I started at UCLan as a mental health advisor in February on a part time basis as I am also a senior lecturer in nursing at the University of Chester.
I attended UCLan to undertake my Dip HE Mental Health Nursing. Following this, I developed a keen interest in working with people suffering with post-natal depression. Following this interest, I completed a BSc in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing. Throughout my time in nursing I have worked in a variety of settings including community, forensic, acute and GP settings. I have a keen interest in the use of exercise and walking to combat mild to moderate anxiety and depression and promote a public health approach to mental health. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dogs, exercising and cooking.
I qualified as a mental health nurse in 2007. I worked in Primary Care mental health services before going on to work in acute secondary care services on an acute ward and within a Crisis Home Treatment Team. I am passionate about promoting holistic health and well being.
Prior to joining the Team at UCLan I worked as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) in Primary Care. Before that I had worked in the Clinical Health Psychology Department with clients suffering with long term conditions using a solution focussed approach. I was also a part of the outreach team in the regional spinal injury department in Southport & Ormskirk NHS. Prior to this I worked for UCLan as a Personal Advisor providing pastoral support to students. My previous career also included working as an Employment Development Officer with long term unemployed both in public and private sector. I am very passionate about working with students and empowering them to make positive changes.
I qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 1996. Since then I have worked in a variety of acute inpatient settings and have spent the last 15 years working as a Community Psychiatric Nurse. I have experience in working with individuals and their families who have a wide range of mental health difficulties and challenging life experiences. We all a have a path to walk. To keep walking forward with obstacles ahead is something we are all capable of, and seeking some guidance in how to overcome those obstacles is ok too. Don’t let difficult yesterdays’ rob you of your happiness today.