Sarah joined the Department of Nursing Studies in August 2015 as a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing. Sarah has been a registered Mental Health nurse for over 16 years, working in a variety of settings including substance misuse, crisis mental health, community mental health, rehabilitation and university student services. Sarah has held senior nursing posts with Crime Reduction Initiatives (CRI) and the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust until 2013, and has a Diploma in Higher Education in Mental Health Nursing; she is currently undertaking a Masters in Healthcare Education at Suffolk.
In Sarah's previous role she was the lead practitioner providing disability and wellbeing support within the university Student Services department, focusing on promoting mental health wellbeing (often through health promotion events), encouraging students to seek support, developing links and referral pathways with outside agencies and offering training to staff and students on mental health issues. Whilst working for CRI, Sarah managed clinical standards in line with policies, procedures and best practice within the substance misuse field, and she has been involved in developing new and changing services across the county. Her professional interests include promoting the understanding and recognition of mental health difficulties as well as building resilience in individuals.
In Sarah's current role she is mainly involved on the foundation degree in health care practice where she is module leader for the two mental health modules as well as an involvement in the Work Based Learning flexible routes into nursing course, where she is an enhanced personal tutor. As well as this Sarah is a member of the staff wellbeing committee and on the University Choir steering committee.