I started my career as a midwife working mainly on Delivery Suite at Bradford Royal Infirmary. I then worked as a Ward Based Teacher, Clinical Educator.and then Lead Clinical Educator at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, teaching and supporting medical students on clinical placement. I was the first Clinical Teacher at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, again teaching and supporting medical students on placement.
As Lead Consultation Skills Trainer at the University of Leicester Medical School I was responsible for Year 1, 2 & 3 Medical students teaching and assessment of communication, history taking and physical examinations skills. I also organised OSCEs for 1st and 3rd year students, training simulated patients, examiners, setting standards and giving feedback. I trained and qualified as a Physician Assistant (Anaesthesia) in Sheffield to retain clinical contact and further extend my knowledge and experience.
I worked sessionally at the University of Leeds Medical School for five years teaching on the IDEALS and SAFER MEDIC courses while working as a trainee PA(A) and while my daughter was young. I delivered teaching and facilitated learning on a range of subjects including patient safety, learning and teaching, teamwork, leadership, resilience, emotional intelligence, root cause analysis, change management, quality assurance, professionalism and reflection.
More recently I was Programme Lead for the integrated BSc in Medical Education at the University of Leeds, covering maternity leave. In my year on the course I was able to use my education experience to teach students about curriculum development, assessment and reflection and make changes to the course for future cohorts.
In July 2017 I started work in my current role at the University of Bradford, looking forward to training and supporting a relatively new profession in the UK. In the past two years the Physician Associate profession has grown dramatically and more and more Physician Associates are being employed in the Bradford area. I am proud to say that this has, in part, been influenced by the University of Bradford Physician Associate graduates who have been ambassadors for the profession both as students and as qualified health care professionals.
In the last two years I lead the development of the Postgraduate Diploma and the design and implementation of the new Master of Physician Associate Studies (MPAS) which welcomed its first cohort of 20 students in September 2019.