Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester
Kate has spent her career working within the private nursing sector. She worked as a Deputy Matron of a 64-bedded home that nursed both frail and mental health residents. She realised that teaching and training was where her passion lay and, after completing her Cert.Ed. moved into the training department of the third largest care company in the UK. She managed the Northern Apprenticeship Academy where there were around 1,000 Apprentices per year undertaking various awards before moving into the role of Head of Clinical Training. Within the her final role Kate worked as part of the Trailblazer scheme for both social care and nursing, led on revalidation for the company and initiated a care worker teaching programme to enable career progression to this valuable tier of the workforce. Kate was awarded University of Chester Teaching team of the Year Award for her work on the Nursing Associate programme; the City & Guilds Medal for Excellence award for her work within the lifelong learning sector and apprenticeships and; the CIPD Rosebowl for her contribution to Apprenticeships. She is currently completing her thesis for her Ed.D where she is looking at culture and the maintenance of identity within nursing homes. Kate continues to have a research focus on dementia, care of the elderly and apprenticeships. She is also on the Board of Directors for a national charity foundation.