Angela is currently employed as a Lecturer in Adult Nursing at the University of Leeds. Alongside this role, she is undertaking a part-time PhD which aims to explore how critical care nurses make the decision to restrain a delirious or agitated patient.
Prior to being employed by the University of Leeds, Angela developed her clinical career within adult general critical care. She has worked on units in Sheffield, Cambridge and Doncaster. Angela has particular interests in the assessment of the critically ill adult, delirium, and rehabilitation post-critical illness.
Angela is currently undertaking a part time PhD which aims to explore how critical care nurses make the decision to restrain a delirious or agitated patient.
Hyperactive delirium commonly presents as psychomotor agitation and represents a nursing and organisational challenge in critical care. Delirious patients are at a high risk of disrupting life-sustaining therapies. Due to this, preserving patient safety is commonly cited by critical care nurses as a rationale for the application of either chemical or physical restraint. Chemcial restraint commonly takes the form of sedative drugs and physical restraint can include the use of padded gloves which aim to prevent a patient from grasping tubes or monitroing wires. However, the use of both types of restraint lack robust supporting evidence and have also been linked to severe post-discharge psycholoigcal complaints.
- BA (Hons) English
- BMedSci (Hons) Adult Nursing
- MSc Advancing Professional Practice (Nursing)
- PG Cert Education
Research groups and institutes
- Mental health (Healthcare)