I worked in Social Care for thirteen years before joining University College Birmingham in April 2012. After leaving university, my first role involved supporting young people with disabilities, then designing and delivering health education initiatives in schools and youth clubs. I then worked extensively in a community rehabilitation setting, supporting individuals to overcome substance addiction and related issues. Moving into community development management, I co-ordinated the recruitment, training and supervision of large scale volunteer and peer mentor programmes within the substance misuse field. I now programme manage and teach on BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care.