I graduated from the University of the West of England in 2012 with an honour’s degree in radiotherapy. During my undergraduate training I was able to work in a number of cancer centres across England and as an elective in Tanzania. I started my PhD in late 2012 at Cardiff University looking at the experiences of radiotherapy patients after their cancer treatment ends. I completed my PhD in 2018.
In 2012 I began working clinically as a band 5 radiographer in Cheltenham Oncology Centre, progressing to band 6 and team lead radiographer and imaging practitioner. In 2018 I moved to a band 7 post at Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff.
Since starting at QMU in 2020, I have focused on developing my teaching skills and supporting the research skills of our students. I am also the clinical placement coordinator for the radiotherapy programme. I particularly enjoy teaching qualitative research methods, ethics, and supervising final year dissertation students and postgraduate students (both at masters and doctoral level).
Affiliations (including memberships) to other organisations:
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Society of Radiographers (SoR)
My PhD thesis was titled ‘Survivorship experiences of working-age adults previously treated for oropharyngeal cancer. Moving towards a post-treatment self, its hidden impact and an absence of recognition: An interpretative phenomenological analysis.’
I like to focus on lived experience, and how that knowledge can help improve the cancer care service pathway.
Active research interests:
- Cancer care
- Oropharyngeal cancer.
Qualitative methods with a particular focus on interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA), interviews.
Nominated for a QMU STaR award in teaching excellence in 2020.