After completing general and paediatric nurse training, I specialised in Paediatric Intensive Care at Great Ormond Street Sick Children's Hospital, London. After 15 years in nursing I completed degrees in Psychology and Health Psychology and spent five years undertaking clinical work and research as a Transplant Psychologist at The Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital NHS Trust [Harefield site] Middlesex, UK.
The last 12 years have been spent as a researcher investigating issues related to: organ and tissue donation; organ retention; post death use of the body; end-of-life decision making; dying trajectories in critical and high care environments and death and dying.
In 2007 I was invited to work with National Health Service Blood and Transplant [NHSBT] Tissue Services as a consultant to support the development of their family care initiative and review their consent procedures. I am very committed to this work as I have seen the desperate need for organ and tissue donation during my time at Harefield Hospital and the benefit that transplantation can bring to individual lives.
In 2010 I was honoured to have three articles cited in the RCN's survey of most influential nursing research in the past 50 years.