Valerie Freestone

Clinical Skills Tutor

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Nursing & Midwifery

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery

Valerie qualified as a Registered Mental Nurse in 1992 and has 25 years’ experience across all sectors, including inpatient, community and outpatient clinics. Valerie’s current area of expertise is dementia.

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Background

Valerie has worked in a variety of roles since qualifying across both public and private sectors. These roles have included, adult mental health, older peoples nursing home, community care and most recently as dementia specialist nurse within acute care and a specialist memory clinic, this role included developing and managing her own nurse led clinic.

Valerie has been awarded to prestigious scholarships to improve services for people living with dementia which culminated in a visit to Australia to learn about services over there. Whilst there she developed several academic networks with whom she hopes to work collaboratively in the future. Valerie was listed as one of the Health Service Journals top 50 inspirational women in health in 2014.

Research interests

  • Supporting people to live well with dementia
  • Understanding how dementia education may be developed in undergraduate nursing

Valerie has worked extensively in older people’s mental health services since 1999 and has developed an interest in living well with dementia. Valerie has completed a Bachelor of Science degree in dementia studies and has recently submitted her Master of Science dissertation in the same subject. Valerie’s goal is to undertake a professional doctorate investigating ways to support people living with dementia to live well with the condition.

Teaching

Valerie has recently joined Anglia Ruskin as a clinical skills tutor for mental health following providing professional training in dementia across the local acute trust.

  • Pre-registration clinical skills tutor
  • CPD dementia module tutor

Qualifications

  • RMN
  • BSc Dementia Studies
  • MSc Dementia studies (currently undertaking)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • NMC
  • RCN
  • Florence Nightingale Alumni
  • Mary Seacole Alumni

Recent presentations and conferences

  • Valerie presented a specialist workshop on dementia at the 2017 Florence Nightingale Conference