Annie originally did a degree in English Language and Literature in 1982 at Reading University, with subsidiary studies in French. Following a 'road to Damascus experience' Annie felt inspired to become a nurse, a decision she has never regretted. She completed her training in Adult Nursing at Guy's Hospital in London in 1986 to become a Registered Nurse. Following registration, Annie worked in Care of the Elderly and Medical Nursing across the Guy's group of hospitals. After a period of travelling, she did agency nursing across London for a short time before joining the Hospice of St. John and St. Elizabeth in North London, then moved to East Anglia. Annie worked as a Senior Staff Nurse on a gastro-enterological ward and in General Medicine at Ipswich Hospital. In 1992, Annie qualified as a District Nurse Specialist Practitioner and was part of the pilot for the introduction of Community Nurse Prescribing. She completed her PGCE in 2005 to qualify as a Practice Teacher in the community, specialising in facilitating the practice element of the District Nursing Student. Annie undertook a Post-Graduate Diploma in Inter-professional Healthcare Education in 2007 and continued to work in the community, managing a large caseload and team of nurses, before joining the lecturing team at Suffolk in September 2015.
Annie lectures across all aspects of the pre-registration curriculum and on a selection of post-registration courses, including a new developmental module called Foundations in Community Nursing.
Annie's research interests include reflexivity in professional practice and how the creative process can help us to become the best practitioners that we can possibly be, the District Nurses' role in palliative care and the future role of the District Nurse within a model of integrated Health and Social Care.