Pat’s initial nurse education was undertaken at the former Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing in Birmingham, later going on to qualify as a midwife from St. Marys School of Midwifery, Paddington and as a health visitor at Southbank University, London. She has completed degrees at Southbank University and University of Sheffield respectively.
She has previously worked at the University of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire University and Glyndwr University, Wrexham and consequently has experience of working within both English and Welsh health and education policy and practice. Pat’s curriculum leadership has included design of undergraduate and postgraduate pre-registration nursing programmes, including the recent development of the four year undergraduate Master’s degree at the University of Birmingham. At Glyndwr University she was responsible for the strategic leadership of post registration and postgraduate nursing programmes including Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, Specialist Practice and Advanced Clinical Practice, and progressed to become the Head of the Academic Division for Psychology, Sports Science and Health, becoming part of the University Executive team.
She has previously led Masters degrees in Leadership and in Professional Education leading to recordable teaching status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. As part of her engagement in clinical leadership, Pat has led practice development programmes, action learning sets and facilitated workshops with clinical specialist nurses and managers. Her recent research has included a focus on academic education careers with a methodological interest in ethnographic and narrative research.