After leaving school I spent approximately 5 years in Israel and the Lebanon working on a Kibbutz and as a volunteer in Lebanon following the 1981 war. After completing a secretarial course I returned to Israel, where I worked as a PA within an International Embassy in Jerusalem. Prior to commencing work at Edge Hill University I was a Learning Disability Nurse for 15 years, working at Greaves Hall Hospital, Ashworth Special Hospital and Bolton Community Team. I have now worked at Edge Hill University since September 2002, initially as a senior lecturer in Learning disability nursing. In 2008 I became very interested in Nutrition and subsequently developed the BSc(Hons) Nutrition and Health programme.
Currently I am Programme Lead for the BSc(Hons) Nutrition and Health Programme and Module lead for: Introduction to Nutrition, Lifestyle and Culture; Professional and Academic Study Skills; Entrepreneurship; Nutrition across the Lifespan; Wider Determinants of Overweight and Obesity and Personal Career Development.
I also still teach on the Learning Disability Nursing Programme, as I consider nutrition to be of vital importance within all areas and stages of life.
I am a Registered Learning Disability Nurse and a Registered Nutritionist with the AfN
My research to date has been within the area of Nutrition in Pregnancy, specifically exploring Midwives knowledge and experience of delivering nutritional knowledge within pregnancy. I have presented my findings at the International Midwifery Conference. I am also interested in investigating the role of Nutrition within primary care as a preventative measure. In my role as a Teaching and Learning Fellow I have been involved within a working group looking at the transition of students from college to University and also within the transitional stages through University study.
More recently I have started to look at the impact nutrition has within children and in particular those who have been diagnosed with ADHD.
I am also interested in the education of health professionals and in the education sector in relation to increasing their knowledge and understanding of the importance of nutrition in relation to overall health and wellbeing, both physically and mentally.