I trained as an occupational therapist. My clinical background extends over 24 years and includes mental health, spinal injuries, neurology, paediatrics and palliative care. I worked in the NHS in UK and Australia, as well as the third sector for over 10 years, which includes Ochil Tower School and the Children’s Hospice across Scotland.
I worked at the Scottish Government in lead national roles from 2005-2015 and was part of the team responsible for the development and early implementation of the Quality Strategy (2010). I was an Honorary Clinical Tutor at Dundee University, contributing to children’s nursing and palliative care, and I currently contribute to Robert Gordon University through my work with Allied Health Professional (AHP) students.
I’m a published author in palliative care, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and children’s oncology. I was awarded a Florence Nightingale/ Burdett Trust UK Leadership scholarship (2011-2012).
I hold a MSc in Advanced Practice, a postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutic Skills (Psychoanalytical) with Children & Young People, and a postgraduate Certificate in Consulting in Organisational Change. I also hold current state registration to practise Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC), and I received a three day teaching on Compassion with His Holiness The Dalai Lama in 2005.