Associate Professor, Phd; Msc, PG Cert, RNT, RNLD, SFHEA.
Andrea is a module leader and lecturer on foundation nursing skills and issues relating to the care of people with a learning disability for level 4, 5 and 6 undergraduate students. She works collaboratively with colleagues from Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Studio 3 (which promote the ideals, philosophies and benefits of non-aversive behaviour management when working with people who present with challenging behaviours), SimpleStuffworks.co.uk (who work to protect body shape for people with movement difficulties) and St. Giles Society, Australia (who supports children and adults with developmental delays and disabilities and those who have acquired a disability as the result of illness or accident).
She is the academic lead for Business and Innovation for the School of Nursing and Midwifery. The academic lead for the Flexible and Work based Learning Modules in partnership with Studio 3 (Autism and Wellbeing) and the academic lead for the learning disability modules within the Foundation Degree programmes.
She is Director of Studies for an overseas part time student who is completing his PHD exploring training parents in managing challenging behaviours using low arousal approaches: identifying effects on behaviour frequency, parent stress and quality of life.
Innovations that she has been involved in: –
Basic Life Support for Carers of People with Distorted Body Shape developed by myself and a colleague. This initiative is now taught within child and learning disability modules. We are now working with colleagues in Australia and possibly America to pass on our knowledge and undertake further research.
She has developed with colleagues, a website on clinical holding which includes a library of evidence based holding techniques. This resource is used within local hospitals. She has developed a range of teaching and learning activities around this subject which is being introduced within child field nursing modules. She is in the process of developing this teaching initiative for Worcester University and Chester University.
She has completed a small scale research project with looking at “What is the current situation regarding knowledge on postural care amongst nursing students at Birmingham City University?” We are now meeting with the programme director and deputies to look at how our research can be incorporated into the nursing curriculum.