Having worked for many years in Palliative Care, I've developed a special interest in supporting children through loss. I have expertise in Childhood Bereavement, having studied with Hospice UK, and am currently working towards a PhD in Paediatric Palliative Care via Northumbria University. I am particularly concerned with the 'child's voice' and enabling the views of children in the hospice and general healthcare setting.
Research and Academia
I've been working in Clinical Research since 2000 when I began assisting on Covid-19 trials, as well as a community 'Falls' study. I continue to work within the NHS to deliver clinical studies, but also now work as a Lecturer Practitioner for Northumbria University on the Occupational Therapy (BSc, MSc and Apprenticeship) programmes.
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist (OT) with an MSc in Health in 2003 and have over 20 years experience as a clinician. I currently work part-time as a Specialist Occupational Therapist. I have been registered with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the Healthcare Professions Council since 2003.
I have a specialism in aquatic therapy (within my OT role) and have practised this since 2005. I have provided weekly services at a couple of local hydrotherapy pools for people with a variety of disabling conditions since 2014.
I run a small service offering group and individual hydrotherapy sessions:
I began to study Herbalism early in 2020, in response to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. I have completed a Foundation in Medical Herbalism, and now use my new knowledge and skills to inform both my skincare products and the wellbeing of my children and I.
I love to write and have written for a couple of international parenting publications since 2014 - The Mother Magazine (www.themothermagazine.co.uk) and the wonderful Juno Magazine (www.junomagazine.com) for whom I continue to contribute.