Emma is a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Suffolk. She commenced her career undertaking a BSc (Hons) in Social Work at Anglia Ruskin University in 2010, followed by a MSc Mental Health Nursing at the University of Essex in 2017. Her research draws on one of her areas of interest; around early intervention mental health support in schools and the role of the school nurse.
Emma has a range of experience from working in advocacy for young people with learning disabilities, to intensive family support work and crisis prevention mental health support for children and young people. Alongside this she undertook a voluntary role with the local Sea Cadet unit teaching dinghy sailing and water safety and awareness to children and young people.
Emma later spent a year in Australia, during which time she spent 6 months teaching on a remote cattle station in the Northern Territory. Following which Emma returned to the UK and undertook a support worker role on ward for people with a diagnosed learning disability and displaying symptoms of poor mental health.
Since qualifying, Emma has been working on a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit. It was in this role Emma was able to hone her skills in the area of mental health nursing with children and young people. She has been able to draw on her area of interest and has recognised that more needs to be done around early intervention support for children and young people that seeks to prevent admission.
Emma has always thought about moving into teaching and is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and supporting the nurses of the future to develop their skills and passion for nursing.