I commenced my career in mental health nursing in 1983 and remained in clinical practice until 2000. In that time I worked in both inpatient and community settings. I commenced a secondment to the University of the West of England in 2000 and realised the transition into education was a natural fit for me. I had completed my diploma in advanced mental health, however in order to teach I continued with my studies and completed a BSC in Children and Young Peoples mental health and an MSc in Widening Participation. For 5 years I then split my time between the trust and the university developing the band 4 progression route. Following completion of this role I took up a permanent lecturing position in UWE and have progressed to a Faculty Director post in relation to Widening Participation. I remain keen to keep my knowledge and skills up in the area of mental health and find the MHNA journal a fantastic way to do that.