As a Senior Lecturer in Children’s Nursing at the University of Hertfordshire (UH) Sheila’s current role comprises teaching and assessing students across a variety of child health modules on the BSc Nursing (Child) programme. This includes modules focusing on students’ learning for professional development, child development, health promotion and leading on a module focusing on the care of the sick child. She is link lecturer for a range of children’s and neonatal nursing clinical practice placements. Sheila is also admissions tutor for the Children’s Nursing programme.
Prior to working at the University of Hertfordshire Sheila held a variety of clinical posts on general paediatric wards caring for children and young people with a range of conditions. She also worked as a clinical placement facilitator at a local district general hospital, supporting students and mentors whilst liaising with university staff.
Sheila has an interest in ensuring that children and young people are listened to and respected, she has led on a project to ensure that the voices and opinions of children and young people, as service users of the NHS, are heard within the Children’s nursing curriculum from recruitment and selection through years 1, 2, and 3 of the programme. She has been involved in the evaluative research study examining the work of the NHS (England) Youth Forum.