After qualifying as a registered general nurse (RGN) in 1995 from St Bartholomew’s Hospital London, I completed a degree in critical care nursing at Kings College London, and specialised in cardiac nursing.
In 2001 I went to work with the late Dr Graham Jackson, an eminent, internationally renowned cardiologist who led the way in treating erectile dysfunction in cardiac patients. We set up the Male Cardiovascular Health Clinic at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London and I ran this service for six years. It was the first clinic in the world to treat erectile dysfunction in male cardiac patients and Dr Jackson and I presented our findings at urology, cardiac and sexual medicine conferences around the world.
In 2004 I completed a diploma in psychosexual and relationship therapy at the University of Central Lancashire and qualified as a sex and relationship therapist. The same year I was awarded the ‘Rising Star’ award from the Nursing Times for combining my nursing and therapy roles.
During this time, I set up the South East Erectile Nurses Association (SEENA) and the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Erectile Dysfunction Working Group, running them from 2001 until 2006. These groups successfully brought together specialist nurses treating erectile dysfunction and experts in cardiology, psychiatry, urology, and endocrinology.
In 2017 I completed a three-year training programme in Transactional Analysis which is a model of psychotherapy. I am currently working toward completing my final accreditation for this, which will give me a diploma in Transactional Analysis counselling.
Past Professional Positions:
Chair of South East Erectile Nurses Association (SEENA) (2001-2006)
Chair of the Erectile Dysfunction Working Group, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Trust (2001-2006)
Member of the editorial board for the European Society for Sexual Medicine newsletter (2004)
Member of the advisory panel for the British Sexual Dysfunction Association (2002-2004)
Secretary to the British Society for Sexual Medicine (2010-2014)
Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)
College of Sex and Relationship Therapists (COSRT)
British Society for Sexual Medicine (BSSM)
European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM)
United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA)
National Counselling Society (NCS)