Mandy qualified as a Registered General Nurse at the Queen Elizabeth University Medical Centre, Birmingham in 1983. She completed post registration training and qualified as a midwife at St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight in 1988. She went on to complete a BSc (Hons) Clinical Practice at Southampton University in 2011.
Over the next few years she had a combined clinical/teaching role, which is when her passion for education developed further, and in 2014 she made the move to a full time education post within the NHS. In 2017 she completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Portsmouth University.
She joined Solent University in March 2018 as a full time lecturer.
Mandy is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years' extensive clinical experience in both acute and primary care.
In addition to working in hospitals and in the private sector, Mandy has held senior roles as a practice development facilitator for nursing for a local primary care trust, as a nurse manager and practitioner in primary care, and as a diabetes specialist nurse. Her key areas of clinical interest are diabetes and other long-term conditions such as dementia, coronary heart disease, and renal disease.
Throughout her career, Mandy has been involved in teaching patients and families, student nurses and healthcare colleagues.
Mandy led practice nurse education in mid-Hampshire for several years and developed an induction programme for nurses making the transition from hospital to a new community based role. She worked for several years as a mentor in clinical practice to GPs involved in diabetes care, and most recently taught clinical skills.
She has facilitated City & Guilds diploma courses and has worked in collaboration with Solent University for several years teaching on specialist healthcare units, and on a programme called Bridging the Gap - a university access course for students wishing to develop professionally. Mandy made the decision to qualify as a teacher and focus on a full-time education role, which gives her the opportunity to role model and promote the core values of professionalism and lifelong learning.
In 2012, when working as a diabetes specialist nurse on a project supported by the pharmaceutical industry, Mandy was nominated for and won a prestigious national clinical award, the National Pf Award in Clinical Nursing.
Mandy's research interests include diabetes and dementia, and education for mature students.
Mandy is currently working towards the Higher Education Academy Fellowship, and is planning to complete a master's in professional practice.