I trained at Tameside Hospital in Greater Manchester and qualified in 1996. Upon qualifying I worked in surgery before moving to Critical Care at North Manchester Hospital which later became part of Pennine Acute Hospitals. From Critical care I moved to specialise in Infection Prevention and Control working at Pennine Acute Hospitals before I moved into the private sector where I was a Regional Lead in Infection Prevention. In 2015 I moved back into the NHS to Wythenshawe Hospital and set up the OPAT team along with 2 medical Infectious Disease colleagues. 4 years later we have an established OPAT team, employing 7 members of staff and also provide a line insertion service for our patients.
I have presented our OPAT work, particularly our experiences with elastomeric devices at the national OPAT conferences 2017 and 2018 and been fortunate enough to be involved in the update of the Good Practice Recommendations for OPAT in adults and children in the UK (2019). I am also a current member of the OPAT Standing Committee which is part of BSAC.