Director: Dr Lynn Furber
I hope the next few paragraphs tell you something about me, which will encourage you to want to work with me.
I have over 25 years’ experience as a nurse in the NHS. I mostly specialised in cancer nursing. I managed a clinical trials unit and a chemotherapy unit. I tried to lead by example. My work ethic was to treat others as I would want a member of my family treated. During this time I helped change and develop services to make them work better.
It is fair to say that my clinical practice informed my PhD. I wanted to explore how we could improve communication and the way we shared information. Most importantly, I focused on breaking bad news and sharing sensitive information. Furthermore, I wanted to use the information collected to improve the continued professional development of doctors. As a consequence, a lot of my work since has been focused on training healthcare professionals on how to communicate better. It has also been the focus of further research.
My research and training experience opened up opportunities to work in a University. I became an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at De Montfort University. I gained expertise in designing and delivering courses for healthcare professionals and created various bespoke courses for Spire Healthcare and Macmillan. Because of my background, I loved teaching basic and advanced communication skills courses. Through this training, people can learn from reflective practice, experiential learning and through communities of practice. I get a real buzz from seeing people grow and flourish.
Additionally, I have supervised students and mentored colleagues along the way. My professional and academic background enables me to understand the need for operational change and has equipped me with a long list of creative, managerial and leadership skills.
Please take a look at my publications page where you can find a list of my papers and my PhD Thesis: https://healthcarecommunicationmatters.co.uk/about-us/publications/
I have a number of qualifications including:
- PGCert (Distinction) – 2016, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom
- PhD – 2010, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
- BSC (HONS) Clinical Nursing Studies with a specialty in cancer nursing – 2000, University of Central England, United Kingdom
- Diploma in Higher Education, 1994, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
- Registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, 1994, Staffordshire and Shropshire College of Nursing and Midwifery
Professional Groups and positions
I am a member of the following groups:
- I sit on the teaching committee of the International Association of Communication in Healthcare http://www.each.eu
- I am a fellow of the International Institute for Practice Transformation
- I am a member of PIF Online https://pifonline.org.uk/
- I hold a Honorary Senior Research Fellow position at De Montfort University https://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/health-and-life-sciences/redirects/nursing-and-midwifery.aspx
- I hold an Honorary Lecturing position at the University of Leicester https://le.ac.uk/
- I sit on the IRB panel for Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust https://www.anthonynolan.org/
- I have sat on an NHS England Clinical Advisory Group as a patient and public voice member
A bit more insight about me
When faced with the possibility of a life-threatening illness, you soon realise what is important. For me, the simple things in life shine out. My soul becomes energised when I am outdoors and immersed in nature.
What am I like, and why should you invest in me? It’s always hard to sell yourself, but I recently completed the Strengths Finder test. My 5 key strengths were:
These strengths all tie in with me being a nurse, researcher, and educator. Most importantly, I want people to flourish and to help them learn. I take pride in what I do. Furthermore, when given a job to do, I can be trusted to get on with it professionally and competently. I thrive on being challenged and enjoy meeting new people and working with new teams.
Over the years I have developed a strong National and International Network. Whilst I mainly work alone, I work collaboratively with a group of experienced colleagues. They have a range of expertise in education, health, and social care and organisational development. Additionally, I am still keen to work with others and to create new opportunities and working relationships. If you think you might be interested in working alongside me, then please get in touch.
- International Association of Communication in Healthcare
- De Montfort University – providing advanced communication skills training, research and supporting the organisation of a conference for Spire Healthcare
- Patient Information Forum Online
- Kinetic Youth
- Mesothelioma UK