What or who has inspired you most in life?
I didn’t realise how unusual it was for my husband, Jay, to be there for our four children and me. Children and life admin take time that isn’t valued enough. Things are better if you share and everyone has different strengths. It is too easy (especially for medics) to get stuck in perfectionism and work intensities. It is good to be re-focused away from all that and spend time playing with or listening to the children. People's strength don’t have to be split along gender lines.
What brought you to study in Brighton?
I sensed that there was a whole academic area around teaching and learning that was a mystery to me and could be applied to doctors and other people in healthcare, including patients. I wanted to challenge myself and study alongside doctors from all different specialties, but from the local area.
What is the skill that you would most like to have?
Having the discipline to follow up on tedious stuff! I get distracted by other people’s deadlines, emails and projects. I give talks on work-life balance (eg being good enough rather than perfect and not doing things just because you can) but it can be hard to put it into practice!