I have a professional background in nursing, qualifying in 1979 in Psychiatric Nursing and in 1981 in General Nursing. I have worked as psychiatric and general nurse mainly in acute settings. I am registered as a nurse with the NMC.
I am accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP.COM). My training in Psychotherapy has been obtaining the Diploma in Behavioural Psychotherapy from the Maudsley Hospital, London, in 1996, and I have also completed an MSc in Psychotherapy from London University. In 2008 I completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Cognitive Therapy at Oxford University.
I have worked as a CBT therapist in Nottingham Health Care Trust since 1996 in a post split between the Psychotherapy Unit, with Dr Richard Fox, and the Dept of Psychological Medicine at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, currently with Dr Chris Schofield. In 2008 I was appointed to the part time post of Practice Health Lecturer in CBT at The University of Nottingham and now I am an associate Professor . My responsibility there is developing and teaching high intensity CBT courses including a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT which has been running since 2009. I am or have been the module leader for anxiety disorders, behavioural interventions, clinical supervision, and CBT for long term conditions and medically unexplained conditions. I have contributed extensively to other modules.
I have a very wide range of experience treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, psychosomatic and most other disorders, excepting psychotic disorders. I use a standard CBT approach but incorporate ideas from other psychotherapies.
In particular I have an expertise in medically unexplained symptoms and long term conditions. I have assessed hundreds of patients with these problems, and treated 200-300. The diagnoses seen are chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, non-epileptic seizures, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease etc
I have extensive experience of supervision of nurses, doctors and other professional. I am involved in teaching CBT to clinicians from various professional backgrounds and knowledge levels. Since 2009 I have been accredited as a Supervisor and Trainer with BABCP.
In 2008 I was one of the winners of the trust 'Invest to Innovate' scheme for £7750 to develop a Chronic Fatigue Website. This website has been running since then.
I am a Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health (Nottingham University/Nottinghamshire Mental Health Trust).
In 2013 I completed the Associated Teachers Practice course at Nottingham University and am now an associate fellow of the HEA.
In 2016 I was highly commended in the lifetime achievement section of our trust 'Oscars'.
Teach on various modules in cognitive behavioural therapy.