Gill Martin

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Gill Martin

Senior Lecturer (Mental Health) | HCS Education Department

What does a typical day look like for you? 

I am an early starter, so would catch up on emails first thing in the morning. I have teaching obligations on the pre-registration nursing degree. Currently we have a 1st year cohort for adult and mental health, delivered in partnership with Robert Gordon University. We also have a 3rd year cohort with the University of Chester (our partnership with UoC will end in September 2024). I am 1st year Lead and am also responsible for recruitment for pre-reg Mental Health. 

How did you get your job? / What training, degree, education do you need? 

I am a Mental Health Nurse and completed my master’s in education. I worked part-time as a Practice Education Facilitator (Mental Health) since 2014, supporting students’ nurses in practice placements. I was successful in my application for the Senior Lecturer (Mental Health) post in 2021 and currently support adult and mental health pre-reg degree education. 

What are the most important skills needed for your role/job? 

To value life experiences, promote best practices and encourage a passion for life-long learning. Being flexible and open to new ideas and news ways of learning. Also, being approachable, enthusiastic and have the ability to communicate effectively. To arouse students’ curiosity and stimulate independent learning. 

Are there any future skills you will need to learn for your role? 

I am developing my knowledge and skills in research through my current PhD studies. My eldest daughter has a learning disability and has been my inspiration for my research interest. My research study aims to consider the facilitators and barriers of healthy lifestyle opportunities for adults with learning disabilities living in Jersey.

What is the best part of your job? / What motivates you in this role?

The best thing about working in the heath sector, is the contact with the public and the contribution to the health and well-being of our service users and families. My passion for education has led me to my current role as Senior Lecturer, contributing to the shaping our future nurses to deliver the best care possible in an ever-changing healthcare setting. It’s great to be part of supportive team where I have felt accepted, valued, and cared for. 

My students and colleagues have inspired me on numerous platforms – this has given me the confidence to excel, allowing personal growth and professional development. 

Students bring so much to the learning experience and their enthusiasm for learning motivates me and continuously challenges me.

What advice would you give someone interested in a career in your profession? 

Never give up! It’s not about how many times you fail, it’s about how you use those life lessons to improve and grow. So, it’s never too late to follow your dreams.  

Tell us a fun fact… 

I am a passionate Man United supporter (where I practice my motto of my never giving up 😂) And as a South African, I am immensely proud of our Springboks winning the rugby World Cup for the 4th time.

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