About Me

Previously I worked for four years in various roles in Tanzania, Israel, Egypt, Holland, Spain, India and Thailand. Some of the situations and people I met in this period inspired my interest in the world and informed decisions that I would make later in my life. I completed a degree in Geography and Psychology (specialising in social constructions of health, epidemiology and development) before going on to study an MSc in Health Promotion, Research and Policy Change. Person or patient-centred support has been my focus and is at the centre of my working practice.  My experience falls into the following categories:

Working with potentially vulnerable client groups and patients within health and legal systems

I have worked with high-risk domestic abuse victims in healthcare settings (Emergency Departments and General Practice). The role involved risk-assessing, safety planning, multi-agency working and using the MARAC and the criminal and civil law systems to ensure that the victim received the highest levels of support possible. I have specialised in working with clients who came into contact with services unexpectedly and often were in pre-contemplative mindsets towards the service provision. The clients were often experiencing high levels of sustained trauma. I have also worked with people with problematic drug and alcohol use, sex workers, young people, diverse communities and pre-diabetic patients in preventative healthcare.

I am interested in systems functioning optimally for the people and patients who are going to use them and will be affected by them. I am particularly interested in Ehealth – the benefits, barriers and unintended consequences to potentially vulnerable patients and am currently collaborating on a study in this area.

Qualifications, training and conferences

MSc:  Health Promotion, Research and Policy Change, John Moores University, 2005.

BA Hons:  Geography (2:1), University of Manchester, 2002.

Systems thinking and Practice, The Open University, 2018

Post Graduate Certificate in the Dynamics of Domestic Abuse, University of Worcester, 2009.

Safelives IDVA, ISVA, YPVA and stalking training

Intermediate counselling course, Person-centred and CBT, 2004

Splitz perpetrator group facilitator, 2017

Freedom programme facilitator, 2008

Ehealth, University of Twenty, 2017

Introduction to good clinical practice in primary care, National Institute for health research, 2012

Public and patient involvement, Bristol Royal Infirmary, 2012

Introduction to Access, University of Bristol, 2012

Building research partnerships workshop, 2017

Diploma:  developing learning, teaching/ training practice, Liverpool 2006

TEFL, teaching English as a foreign language certificate, 2007

PADI divemaster, 1998