• University Of Huddersfield

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I always wanted to be a midwife, I was born at 28 weeks and think this started my fascination with human reproduction and it's outcomes.  I was recommended to complete my nursing qualification before starting my midwifery training.  I realised that I am not patient enough to be a midwife and so decided that sexual health was the way to go.  I did my elective placemet in sexual health and loved it.  On qualifying the only jobs were eye theatre or orthopaedics - neither of which has I done as a student.  I chose orthopaedics and it was a great experience for a newly qualified staff nurse. A training post came up in sexual health in Manchester and I was lucky enough to secure that in 2005.  I have never looked back, until a lecturer practitioner position with the University of Huddersfield came into my inbox and I loved being in that learning environment, a year later I made the leap to full time lecturing.

I have been involved with research throughout my career to date; including vaccination regimes for HIV positive patients, investigating a spike in new HIV diagnoses, cervical screening uptake in sexual health clinics, developing and evaluating a hub and spoke HIV service, text message health promotion for patients diagnosed with chlamydia, national PrEP (pre-exposure prophalyaxis) trial for preventing HIV transmission and a review of the testing of children of newly diagnosed HIV positive patients.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Sexual Health
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Cervical Cancer Screening
  • Vaccination
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Sexuality
  • Spirituality
  • Sexuality and Gender Identity
  • Sexual Violence
  • Contraception
  • Women’s Health


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