Dr Jackie Williams is the Course Leader for the Doctor of Professional Practice (Dprof) Community and Social Care: Policy and Practice. She started her career as a health professional, working as a Children’s Nurse, Health Visitor and Midwife. She then progressed onto employment in Higher Education working within a range of University provisions, throughout the UK. She has been Course leader for several Teacher Training programmes, including Early Years Initial Teacher Training, PGCE (Early Years and Primary) with QTS and Childhood studies degrees. Jackie’s research interests and activities have been extremely varied, but have primarily centred around three key areas: Children’s health and Wellbeing, Children’s mental health issues and the improvement of student engagement. Jackie completed my PhD in 2006, researching ‘The Social Construction of Fibromyalgia: A sufferers Perspective’. Since that date she has spoken at several National Fibromyalgia conferences on the issue of pain and pain management. Jackie is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She also supervises under-graduate and post graduate projects.