My working life, volunteer, and post-retirement experience has always been people-focused. With the Dept. for Work and Pensions I specialised in health-related return-to-work issues, based in Wakefield hospitals, being heavily involved in multi-disciplinary rehabilitation in the areas of Spinal Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Mental Health, and Forensic Psychiatry. Later I moved to Leeds NHS Adult Mental Health services as a member of the Care Programme Approach development team, later working as a Carer Support Worker.
My voluntary activities included Director and honorary Employment Advisor of Headway (National Brain Injury Association). I was instrumental in setting up and running Head Injury support groups in Wakefield and Leeds, and wrote ‘Return to work following Head Injury a Self Help Guide’. I was lay assistant to Chaplains at HMP Wakefield and Stanley Royd Psychiatric Hospital Wakefield. Most recently I designed and project led ‘Volunteer Listeners’ a National Lottery funded ‘Time to Shine’ project involving lay people acting as ‘Listeners’ in conversation with older people and turning the results into ‘stories’ used to identify good (and not so good) practices.
Many years ago, I undertook and presented, a national postal survey into the return-to-work experiences of Head Injured people. I revisited the subject for my Post-retirement MSc in Qualitative Psychology thesis, using Attributional Analysis techniques. Previously I led a full-time research project at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust looking at the factors looked at by community mental health staff when considering discharging a service user, then working as a full time Research Officer, with West Yorkshire Mental Health Research Consortium looking primarily at Carers as researchers and their experiences of being involved in the care of their relatives.
I have been involved on two occasions as a lay researcher with Leeds University; in a NIHR/Leeds University Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship programme called ‘Mobilising Knowledge Across Health and Social Care Boundaries’ and as an ‘Evaluator’ and ‘storyteller’ and in the Leeds University/Leeds City Council ‘SUFFICE’ project looking at the impact of the integration of teams of NHS and Social Care staff in Leeds on service user experiences.
I was a Steering Committee member and PPI representative in a NIHR funded UCL study of ‘Embedded models of knowledge co-production in the NHS’ and am currently a lay researcher on a project exploring the practices of falls risk assessment and prevention in hospitals using realist evaluation.
• Experience of assessing the risk of falls and use of interventions to reduce the risk of falls in hospital • Experience of working on research projects involving older people • Experience of involving patients and their informal carers in research projects
Professional Roles and Experience:
• Over 25 years’ experience working as a pharmacist in Yorkshire and the North West in different specialities, management positions and now as a consultant pharmacist for older people • Experience of falls quality improvement projects in the hospital and Primary Care (community) • Research interests include falls, deprescribing (stopping medicines), pharmacogenomics (use of genetic tests to give information on how the body processes medicines) and medicines support for older people after hospital discharge.
• Walking, gardening, travelling, historic buildings, music (especially watching live bands), spending time with my family and following my beloved Liverpool Football Club. Jurgen Klopp is my hero!
Group Deputy Chief Nurse, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Background relevant to the Falls Project:
• Chair of the Manchester Falls Collaborative, which brings together operational, academic and commissioning professionals across a range of agencies to identify and implement best practice in falls prevention and inform pathways. • Co-Chair of the Falls Collaborative Research and Innovation Sub-Group • Professional lead for the Trust Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional Research Strategy • Understanding of the complexities associated with falls in hospital settings • Experience of leading patient engagement and involvement.
Professional roles and experience:
• Dual qualified Registered General Nurse and Registered Sick Children’s Nurse with a Masters’ Degree in Independent Practice in Nursing. • 37 years’ experience in adult and children’s nursing in acute and community settings. • Undertaken a range of clinical and managerial roles and worked as a Director of Nursing since 2010 and Deputy Chief Nurse for Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust since 2017. • Lead the teams responsible for the Trust’s Harm Free Care programme and Quality Improvement Programme • Strategic leadership for quality and safety
• Long walks in the countryside with my husband and friends • Skiing (adequately!) and getting out into the mountains • I enjoy travelling (when it’s permitted!) and experiencing different cultures