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Biography

Kerry is Assistant Professor in Emergency Care at Coventry University, teaching on the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care BSc. Kerry has over 15-years of experience in healthcare, with over 10 years working in an inner-city Emergency Department (ED) in diverse roles such as ED Matron, Practice Development Nurse and Alcohol Liaison Nurse. She has a strong interest in the wellbeing of healthcare workers, and has previously run forum theatre projects exploring patient and staff experiences, and is currently leading the research project 'We're Humans Not Heroes: Arts-Based Research Exploring Healthcare Worker Experiences of COVID-19'. Kerry has a passion for Emergency Care, from trauma to safeguarding adults, and won a patient safety award for improving services for mental health patients, as well as being recognised as one of only 20 LGBT role models for the NHS in 2014, for her work targeting domestic abuse in patients identifying as LGBT. She is a lover of travel and learning from new people and situations: She has worked as a nurse volunteer in the Philippines and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as completing a WCMT travel fellowship in Bangladesh exploring domestic abuse. She is a Quality Improvement Practitioner, an ALS/APLS instructor and has qualifications in Emergency Care, Leadership and Service Improvement. She has presented at international conferences including the RCN Centenary Conference (2016), The International Conference for Domestic Violence (Belfast 2015) and the Emergency Care Association Conference (2013). 

Research Interests

Wellbeing of Healthcare Workers; Arts and Creativity for Health & Wellbeing; Emergency Care; LGBT health; Domestic abuse

Vision Statement

There has never been a more challenging time to work in healthcare and I am interested in the experiences of healthcare workers in this current period and the coming months and years. I feel strongly that we have a responsibility to use research to explore these experiences, but at the same time to practice ethically and responsibly in supporting and bettering participant wellbeing through our research methods. I have chosen arts-based research as a method to facilitate the exploration and sharing of experiences. I hope the current project 'We're Humans Not Heroes' will allow many more healthcare workers to express their narratives and make meaning from their traumatic experiences. 

Education/Academic qualification

Nursing, Degree, King's College London

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