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Catharine’s teaching responsibilities are focused around the care of older people with mental health problems and her main area of expertise is dementia care. She also teaches on diversity issues and transcultural mental health nursing.
Catharine is interested in creative approaches to active learning for nurse education and has presented at international conferences about teaching and research. She is committed to involving students in research and publication.
Catharine’s current research explores the impact of online support on the experiences of recently qualified nurses. In another project she is exploring the experiences of nurses as they offer carer support to South Asian family carers looking after a relative with dementia. She is also writing a literature review about the impact of training on application of the Mental Capacity Act (2005).
Prior to becoming a nurse educator, Catharine worked for many years as a Community Mental Health Nurse and team leader of an outreach team. At present she also works as a volunteer for BUDS (Better Understanding of Dementia in Sandwell).
Catharine is a 'media champion', responding to media requests on issues related to older peoples' mental health.