Jessica is a lecturer within the School of Social Sciences and a Registered Mental Health Nurse. Jessica is a Fellow of Higher Education and holds a FHEA, awarded by Advance HE.
Jessica is a module leader for two modules on the BA (Hons) Health and Social Care course including the Level 4 Preparing for Practice Core module and Level 6 Children and Young People's Mental health optional module. She is also a dissertation supervisor to students at Level 6 of the course and personal tutor to students at level 4 and 5. Jessica is the CERT mentor Lead on the degree course. She is passionate about pastoral care to students on the degree course.
Jessica is a registered Mental health Nurse and holds a Masters of Science (MSc) in the specialism of Mental Health Nursing. She was chosen to be a Scholar with the Royal College of Nursing for her graduate nurse training and undertook this at the University of Nottingham. Jessica has a wealth of experience being a clinical supervisor, mentor and practice assessor to student nurses (mental health and learning disability) in clinical practice throughout her nursing career. She has also gained experience being a Academic Assessor for Pre- Registration nurses.
Jessica has worked in NHS trusts and Voluntary sectors as a community Mental Health Nurse in Child Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) throughout the East Midlands and West Yorkshire. She has supported children and young people through trauma and has supported victims from the Manchester Arena terrorist attack with her work as a Therapeutic Practitioner in West Yorkshire CAMHS. She has worked in public health school nursing teams, early intervention and mental health specialist services in recovery and hospital liaison teams.
Jessica is passionate about early intervention and prevention in mental health with children and young people and has researched within this area. Jessica published a peer reviewed research paper titled ‘The role of mental health nurses in supporting young people’s mental health’ into the Mental Health Review Journal in 2018. This paper later won the Emerald Literati award for ‘Outstanding Paper’ in 2019.
Jessica's early career as a teacher led her onto the career in nursing due to her passion in pastoral care for students. Jessica holds a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) having undertook a Post Graduate Teacher Training course at Nottingham Trent University.
Jessica maintains her clinical registration by undertaking bank work as a Lead Mental Health Nurse with the NHS.
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Jessica holds professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)