1.What is your position within the School?
Director of Midwifery, Counselling and Psychotherapy.
2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford?
Since October 2015 – still a newbie.
3.Which building are you based in?
Mary Seacole – third floor.
4.Why did you choose to work within the School?
This is a very friendly and dynamic university and a great multi professional mix within the School. As a ‘non –counsellor’ I have really enjoyed working with the Counselling & Pyschotherapy team and I am learning such a lot from them.
5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?
There are many memorable moments but maybe a stand out one is the launch of the Simulation Suite and Counselling Centre this July. It was a joy to see the amazement on staff and visitors faces when our ‘Sim Mom’ simulated a normal birth, supported by our fabulous student midwives. The emotion in the room was evidence of the power of learning and experiencing through simulation.
6.What is your biggest dream?
I do have the obvious ones of peace in our currently seemingly fractured world, an end to poverty and the embedding of real and authentic equality for women and girls across the world. Oh – and Manchester City to win the Treble this season.
7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?
See above answer. I love football in general and Manchester City in particular. I have a season ticket and love going to the game with my family and friends. I also like Zumba and try and get to as many classes as work and time allows. I’m also very much looking forward to the start of the new season of Strictly!
8.What was your first job?
I was a Saturday girl in a proper old fashioned greengrocers that sold vegetables that were actually covered in dirt (anyone under the age of 25 is now mystified at that thought). My first job as a midwife was at Central Manchester and it’s now a pleasure to still have ongoing links and a great working relationship with the team at St Mary’s.
9. What has been your greatest achievement?
Corny – but true – my two wonderful sons who are now lovely young men.
10.What would make your job easier?
More assistance and support with administration and less bureaucracy.
11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?
To students – always show kindness, empathy and respect to the women, families and clients that we work with. Remember they are all unique individuals and ensure communication is personalised. How we communicate is so important and its impact lasts a lifetime.
To Colleagues – Life is short – smile while you’ve still got teeth.