Lorna joined the School of Nursing at the University of Birmingham in 2017. After qualifying as a Registered Nurse (Adult) in 2005. Lorna worked in a range of clinical settings both in secondary and primary care. Lorna spent most her time in clinical practice as a District Nurse in rural Herefordshire, going on to become a specialist practitioner in District Nursing and NMC teacher.
In 2014 Lorna took on the role as a Clinical Practice Facilitator within St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester, combining clinical work on the inpatient unit and community nurse team with an educational role. This lead to a role in Higher Education as a full time Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester teaching on the BSc (Hons) Nursing programme and as Programme Lead for, the then new, BSc Fundamentals in General Practice Nursing. Lorna contributed to palliative care teaching across the Continuing Professional Development team working with undergraduate Paramedics and other healthcare professionals.
Lorna is currently disseminating her MSc dissertation work in the Palliative care needs for people with Motor Neurone Disease, presenting it at the International RCN Research conference in 2018. She is about to publish in the BMJ Supportive and Palliative care journal as part of a submission to the RSM Marie Curie Palliative Care conference in October 2018. Lorna is also co-editing a textbook on Nursing Adults with Long Term Conditions.
Lorna is about to embark on her research journey as a PhD student exploring the end of life care needs for BAME communities in care homes. This is in addition to exploring her interests in student mental health and wellbeing in the undergraduate nursing population.
To maintain clinical competence Lorna works as a clinical associate for the Gold Standards Framework assessing care homes and primary care settings in excellence in palliative care delivery.