When I retired from the Army, I returned to work in the NHS. In the Army I held the rank of Major and with that several positions of sub-unit command.
I was involved in the training and development of staff both militarily and clinically. While at Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, I started to teach on a sessional basis at the University of Birmingham. I delivered a number of sessions to critical care nurses about the psychological aspects of trauma. I have carried this role on at the University of Brighton since I have retired.
My Nursing qualifications, especially Mental Health Nursing have given me the skills to interact sensitively with clients on an individual basis. I have continued to enhance my knowledge and skills by further training courses in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.
As the focus is on Health & Wellbeing, the knowledge and skills gained from my Registered Nursing experience gives me an in-depth understanding of the balance between the Bio-Psycho-Social aspects of life giving a holistic approach to my coaching.
During my time in the Army, my role, as an occupational clinician, was as a force multiplier. This was to support Commanding Officers and help them maintain their Units at optimum operational effectiveness. To facilitate this I organised study days, workshops and gave presentations to Units in my Area of Responsibility.