Alex began working as a Nurse Lecturer for the University of Bradford in July 2019. This followed a career at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust where she worked as a Staff Nurse, Sister and Senior Project Nurse throughout adult and children’s critical care.
Following commencement of her Nursing MSc, Alex was keen to disseminate her new knowledge so became heavily involved in education on the general intensive care unit where she was working. Alex's involvement in nurse education was recognised in 2017 when she was asked to contribute to the development of the Critical Care National Network for Nurse Leads (CC3N) national competencies for staff working in critical care units. This afforded Alex opportunity to gain insight into the direction of nurse education on a national basis and develop strong working relationships with local and national policy and guideline developers.
In her role as Senior Project Nurse, Alex led The Jamaica Project in collaboration with Health Education England and the Jamaican Ministry of Health. Alex developed a programme of clinical experience and simulation-based teaching for a group of 15 Jamaican nurses wishing to advance their clinical skills in order to operate more effectively back in Jamaica. Alex then implemented and oversaw the programme, including pastoral support and facilitation of non-clinical experiences for the 5 months the nurses were working in the UK.
Alex now leads the post-graduate critical care course at the University of Bradford, and is the joint Programme Leader for the MSc in International Nursing Studies. Alex also very much enjoys teaching on the undergraduate nursing programme and still works clinically within adult critical care to ensure her skills and knowledge are kept as current as possible.
ResearchAlex's main research interest at present is how the UK can support developing countries to improve their provision of healthcare through education and training projects. Alex is currently in the process of collecting and analysing data from The Jamaica Project which looks at the experience of the Jamaican nurses training in the UK for 5 months, if the programme has had an impact on their clinical practice back in Jamaica and also the experiences of the UK-based staff who acted as mentors throughout the project.
Alex's other area of interest is the nursing care of patients with liver conditions, specifically how nurses manage patients with acute liver failure and if the strategies adopted can affect clinical outcomes.