Sharon has worked in the field of children’s palliative care for over twenty years in statutory and voluntary organisations and across clinical, leadership and managerial positions. These included establishing a community children’s nursing service in Northern Ireland, undertaking the role of Children’s Nursing Advisor within the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and acting as a Trustee with ACT. She has worked for NI Hospice for ten years, initially as a care services manager and more recently as a lecturer in children’s palliative care.
Sharon was awarded a research Fellowship in 2013 by the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland and completed her Doctoral studies through Ulster University. Her research led to the development of an intervention to enhance resilience capacity in parents of children with complex health needs. She remains a strong advocate for children’s palliative care and sits on a number of professional groups which aim to improve care and support to children with life limiting conditions and their families.