Sarah has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and has held a range of clinical posts. She set up an older persons assessment unit and admission avoidance scheme for older people that gained national beacon status. During that time she had the opportunity to work as a research assistant on the phase 3 trials for cholinesterase inhibitors for Alzheimers Disease. After winning an Eastern Region Research Fellowship award to undertake her MSc she worked as a nursing research facilitator. She moved into education at Essex in 2004 to work on the Pre-registration MSc (Adult ) programme. Subsequently moving into leading the MSc Post Registration pathways developing advanced practice modules. Responding to the local need to develop community matron roles Sarah developed a long term conditions pathway at Masters level and working closely with the Dept of Health and other HEIs produced national competencies for community matrons and case managers. She was programme lead for the BSc (Adult) pre-registration nursing programme an innovative primary care focussed curriculum working across both campuses. She recently led a team that developed one of the first Nursing Degree Apprenticeships in the country
Sarah is currently Deputy Dean and part of the schools senior executive leadership team. She continues to teach and contribute to a range of modules.