My background is nursing. I first worked as a Registered General Nurse on An acute medical ward. I went onto study for my Registered Mental Nurse. I have worked in acute psychiatry, alcohol treatment and most recently on a psychiatric Mother and Baby Unit.
In 2007, I began a role on the FdA Health and Social Care programme as a Practice Trainer supporting Trainee Assistant Practitioners as they undertook the course before becoming a lecturer on the FdAHSC.
I deliver the Knowledge and Skills for Health and Social Care Practice unit and contributes to the Diverse Perspectives in Care, Law and Ethics and Human Development units.
I am also the employability lead for the FdA programme.
I have undertaken research in the area of perinatal mental health. In particular, I have looked at the assessment of parenting capacity of mothers with mental health needs.
I am also interested in the access of BME support workers to developmental opportunities. To this end I am collaborating in a research project to investigate barriers to further training and development for BME staff in a teaching hospital. I received a Mary Seacole Development Award towards the project.
SJ. Rutherford, P. Keeley (2009). Assessing parenting capacity: are mental health nurses prepared for this role?. J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. 16(4), pp.363-367.