Although a psychologist by background, I have worked in healthcare education for over 30 years, specialising in distance learning.
I have always been passionate about pushing the boundaries of educational innovation to design and deliver flexible learning opportunities that have a positive impact on patient experience by empowering healthcare practitioners to deliver high quality, safe and compassionate care. This interest has led to an ongoing scholarship project focusing on the impact of continuing professional education on healthcare practice.
Prior to transferring to The Open University in 2007, I was Head of Distance Learning at the Royal College of Nursing where I was responsible for developing its higher education, distance learning (DL) programme, including the first MSc in Nursing by DL in the UK. Within five years it had become the largest Masters programme for nurses in Europe. We supported busy healthcare practitioners across the UK and around the world to achieve their academic aspirations. This included children’s nurses in Kenya who successfully completed the BSc (Hons) in Child Health Nursing and we also worked with the Icelandic Nurses Association to deliver the first Masters programme in nursing in Iceland.
I am also a founder member of the NET conference.
previously Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care, The Open University, and Director of the OU–RCN Strategic Alliance; now retired