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Last updated 18th April 2024


I joined the University in 1998 and am currently Professor of Advanced Practice and Spirituality. I am also a National Teaching Fellow and an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care. I have fulfilled many varied roles at the University.

  • My PhD was completed in 2016:  A Hermeneutic Enquiry into the spiritual dimensions of Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) consultations through the lens of availability and vulnerability. I have an active interest in Spirituality and am the founder and chair of the Spirituality and Compassion Special Interest Group. I am also an executive committee member of the International Network for the Study of Spirituality and Chair the Spirituality Scholars Network.
  • I have worked regional, nationallly and international on many research projects for example; job satisfaction of Advanced Practice Nurses, Diagnostic Reasoning Skills of Advanced Clinical Practitioners, Therapeutic Optimism in Mental Health, Perceptions of Spirituality, Advanced Practitioners Wellbeing and Resilience.
  • I Chair the University Advancing Practice Special Interest Group.
  • I work with projects to promote and develop Advanced Practice Nursing globally. 
  • I have a specialist interest in Women’s Health and have produced a training for Gynaecological History Taking and Examination Skills and online resource on Abnormal Uterine Bleeding.
  • I am a member of the Association of Advanced Practitioner Educators
  • In 2009 I was awarded the Queens Nurse title and I work closely with the QNI to promote the role of Advanced Practitioners in Primary Care.
  • I have a number of publications on Mental Health, Women’s Health, Advanced Practice, Spirituality and Education.
  • I am the International Council of Nurses Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse Director of the Academy of Global Research and Enterprise.
  • I am a visiting Professor at Abo Akademi in Vassa, Finland.

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Spirituality
  • Women's Health
  • Mental Health
  • Primary Care
  • Work Force Planning
  • Advanced Practice Nursing


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