Emma completed her degree in mental health nursing at UCLan and enjoyed it that much she returned as a lecturer after working as a nurse in a medium secure hospital and as a team practitioner in a Forensic Outreach Service. She completed a MSc in personality disorder and PGCert in Education. She is currently studying a Doctorate in health.
Emma is based in the Mental Health Division in the School of Nursing. She has involvement in a number of BSc and MSc pre-registration nursing modules and post graduate modules exploring the diagnosis of personality disorder. Emma leads on student experience and assessment for the 3rd year cross field nursing module Research and innovation for nursing practice. Emma supervises MSc students and supports nursing placement areas and students as an academic assessor.
Emma has previously course led programmes exploring the diagnosis of personality disorder, leading both undergraduate and postgraduate modules up to masters level. Prior to her current position she was a Team Practitioner within a Forensic Team. This included working closely with teams across Lancashire in prison, community, inpatient and secure settings, providing both specialist risk assessment and risk management advice. As part of her clinical role she previously led work around outcome measures for the team and was also involved in completing a service evaluation of the community personality disorder pathway with local probation services. Emma worked alongside probation services in the Community Personality Disorder Service in Lancashire which provides consultations and formulations for Offenders. Prior to this she worked as a nurse in a secure hospital and throughout this period worked consistently with students as a mentor and sign off mentor. She developed a student information booklet and student group. During this time, she was also a guest lecturer at the University of Cumbria. Emma completed her degree in mental health nursing at UCLan. She completed her MSc in personality disorder (research) and PGCert in Health and Social Care Education also at UCLan. She is currently studying her Professional Doctorate in Health with the title- An exploration of service user and student mental health nurses’ lived experience of the time they share together on secure male personality disorder units: A phenomenological study. Emma has previously been heavily involved in public engagement activities, including developing leading the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing's input into the Lancashire Science Festival for five years. She was also an organiser of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge with Army medical services. She performed in the final at British Science Week twice with her demo 'become a neurotransmitter or antipsychotic’. Emma was one of the universities Engagement Catalysts and won a bid for money to develop mental health awareness across the university and in the local community. She has organised various events based on this project, including UCLan’s World Mental Health Day programme alongside various external agencies. Emma developed and led on social media for the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing and was also one third of the twitter community @WeMHNurses. Emma was secretary of the British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder assisting in the planning and running of their yearly conference and also leading on social media and communications. She continues to be an executive member.
- BSc Mental Health Nursing (Hons) 2008 / MSc Personality Disorder (Research) 2013 / PGCert Higher Education 2014 /Fellow of the Higher Education Authority 2014 / Nurse Tutor 2014 / Currently studying PrD in Health
- Two student nominated We Heart You awards.
- Emma's main areas of interest are; the term and diagnosis of personality disorder, the therapeutic relationship, student nurse development, and qualitative research, particularly phenomenology. She is highly motivated in exploring ways of making learning fun and interactive!
- Executive member of BIGSPD