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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 examines the training needs of nurses working in nursing homes and approaches to teaching dementia care in order to change practice. She is also part of a collaborative project aiming to develop evidence based personal advice for people who may be at higher risk of developing dementia.
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.