Mrs Anne Followell
Anne joined Bucks New University as a senior lecturer in 2014 and brings a wealth of experience to the team from her previous work in the Thames Valley Region working as both a senior ODP in anaesthetics and Practice Educator within theatres. Working as part of the on-call and out of hours resus team, Anne gained experience in inter and intra hospital patient transfer and was a member of the Safe Transfer and Retrieval faculty during her role as practice educator within her home Trust. Her patient centred approach has meant she is dedicated to improving their healthcare experiences through education and subsequently her role as a senior lecturer at Bucks has allowed her to inspire the next generation of ODP’s to become the best in their field where a high quality of patient care is supported by a strong foundation of evidence based practice.
Anne is keen to ensure the ODP curriculum supports students in taking an individualised approach to patient care; her work with the Alzheimer’s Association has seen her voluntary work as a Dementia Champion incorporated into information sessions for all 1st year ODP students. Anne also has a personal interest in special educational needs and autistic spectrum disorder. She has presented at conference about the impact of Aspergers syndrome on family life and daily living and she is keen to impart this knowledge in order to improve patient care within the perioperative setting.
The student experience has been at the forefront of Anne’s research interests. This has included simulation based education and students perceptions of high fidelity simulation and the importance of feedback. This has led to the development of feedback strategies to support students as they progress and gain confidence with this pedagogical approach to clinical skills acquisition. Anne is now collaborating on the ePortfolio platform which provides students with a contemporary model that supports professional development and growth. Her recent work has seen the development of guidance to support and improve student interaction and engagement.