I have worked for the Open University since 2003, initially as an associate lecturer and programme tutor (nursing) and more recently as a staff tutor based in the North West of England.
My clinical background is in nursing and I have worked in a variety of practice settings as a general nurse and as a mental health nurse.
My research interests lie in the history of nursing and mental health care. I currently chair the Royal College of Nursing's History of Nursing Society.
History and development of mental health nursing
Nursing care of military personnel who suffer psychological trauma, from a historical perspective
History of Nursing
Teaching and assessing in clinical practice
Sociology of health and illness