PhD student; Clinical teacher; Pharmacist
Place of work / study:
University of Bradford (Faculty of Health & School of Pharmacy)
Area of Research:
Investigating the Quality and Continuity of Medication Management when People living with Dementia move between the Care Home and Hospital Setting.
Tell us a little about yourself:
My professional background is as a pharmacist. As an undergrad I had a split pre-reg year working in both hospital and community pharmacy. On qualifying, I initially worked in community pharmacy, both as a manager and a locum. I then went to work for the Primary Care Trust as a Prescribing Advisor, working in a variety of GP surgeries across the locality. Whilst at the PCT, I completed my Post-graduate Diploma in Medicines Management and my Independent Prescribing qualification. I initially went to work for the University as a teacher practitioner, alongside my work in primary care. When I started working part-time following my second maternity leave, I decided to focus on furthering my academic career and started to develop my research skills (in addition to teaching) and secured funding at PRUK for a Masters in Research Methods. Following completion of the MRes, I was keen to find a PhD and was excited to hear of the Alzheimer’s Society funded Doctoral Training Centre.
I was successful in achieving one of the PhDs on offer and am now studying this part-time, in addition to teaching and being a mummy to three young children! I have currently just started my 3rd year and have just received ethics approval for Phase I of my study, based in care homes (phase II is hospital based). I am recruiting care homes and hoping to start data collection in the few next months.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I’m not sure if this is fun….more random!! But during one of my maternity leaves I decided to become an ECB accredited umpire?! I also love to spend my free-time with my family, exploring the outdoors; playing sport; going to the theatre, museums…. I also love to travel and have visited many European destinations, as well as spending a month travelling down the East coast of Australia.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I had always had a professional interest in neurology and a personal interest in dementia, as my Grandma lived with Alzheimer’s disease for many years, supported and cared for by my Grandad.