Jan is a nurse by background and joined the NHS in 1977, she has nursing qualifications in teaching (ENB) and Community Nursing (DipDN). She has also been a student at the University of Liverpool where she gained a BSc (Hons) in Professional Health Studies and at Edge Hill University where she gained a PGCEHETLCP and was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
In 2001 following a varied career in primary and secondary care in both nursing and management, latterly as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care Jan moved into teaching .For eight years she was a Marie Curie Lecturer in Cancer and Palliative Care where she developed, taught and led undergraduate modules as part of the BSc (Hons) programmes in collaboration with both Edge Hill and Thames Valley Universities. During this period Jan was also the national lead for the undergraduate Pain Module for Thames Valley University, engaging in post graduate study at Cardiff University.
For the last 12 years Jan, whose role sits within the Palliative Care Institute and the School of Medicine, has been a Lecturer in Palliative Care at the University. Additional qualifications and ongoing practice as a national Facilitator in Advanced Communication Skills Training in healthcare communication enables Jan, as the Academic Lead for CCP Year 4, to illustrate contemporary clinical communication challenges in the classroom. For this she has received 2 commendations from the University.
Jan has also been a module lead for MDSC160 Advanced Practice in Palliative and End of Life Care.
Additionally Jan is the one of the Education Hub Leads for the North West Coast Strategic Clinical Networks Education Sub-group and currently teaches on and oversees a Training Programme for Advance Care Planning/Communication Skills, the ultimate aim of which is to reduce inappropriate hospital admissions at the end of life.
Previous project work has included the educational development in learning and teaching of clinical nurse specialists in palliative care and facilitation of a national palliative and end of life care education programme into care homes.
Jan is currently studying for an MA Medical Ethics and Law following a PGDHE Medical Ethics and Palliative Care at the University of Keele. Research interests are truth telling linked to hope at the end of life, how narrative in cancer care affects psychological adjustment and ethical decisions taken at the end of life such as withholding and withdrawing.
Jan loves the opportunity to work with professional actors as simulated patients during advanced communication skills training but also loves to play the role of simulated patient herself and has been known to be called upon for projects where this is required!