Milika qualified as a nurse and midwife (Malawi, 1977 &1979; respectively) and worked in various surgical wards and was also in-charge of a maternity ward. This was followed by a Bachelor of Nursing Education and Administration 1984, Medical University of Southern Africa(MEDUNSA), Pretoria, South Africa. While at MEDUNSA she completed Community nursing course which led to Registration as a community Health Nurse ( Public health nurse) with Malawi Nurses Council. Milika taught and was head of post-basic community health nursing programme at the school of health sciences, Lilongwe, Malawi. While on the post sat on various national committees including Ministry of health and Malawi Nurses and Midwife council. Milika came to UK in 1987 to do an MSc in Advanced studies in Nursing Education at the University of Edinburgh which was completed in 1988, focusing on research and health promotion.
In the UK she worked in Orthopedics and gynaecology wards in Essex and also Day case surgery and nursing home in Lincolnshire before embarking on a teaching career. Milika has been teaching in the UK since 1993 when she joined Mid Trent College, later University of Nottingham. While in the university of Nottingham, she taught research and evidence practice, health promotion, cultures issues, dignity issues. She was also involved in various roles: Common foundation programme leader,’ Module convenor co-coordinating portfolio and evidence based across the five centres of the school of nursing, Module leader for Dissertation and portfolio module and also acted as Internal assessor for MPhil/PhD student. In terms of Scholarly activities , Milika led the Research and Nursing development initiative (RANDI)activities for staff and later on co-led and co-ordinated the video conferencing staff scholarly activities across the school of five centres, Milika has published and presented nationally and internationally.She has special interest in patient dignity and this led to a PhD entitled “patient dignity- a phenomenological study in nursing” and was obtained in 2002. After obtaining the PhD, Milika developed and carried out a dignity education programme at a local NHS Trust ( 2004-2007). Served of the Dignity Forum of the United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust. In 2006, Milika was part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council working group developing the Essential Skills Clusters(ESCs) for communication, care and compassion. In 2008 was part of a team developing the Royal College of Nursing dignity e-Learning resource.. Other interests include Cultural Issues and Diversity and scholarly activities, and inter-professional education /Learning .1996-2006: Founder member of Trans cultural Nursing and Health Care Association ( Supported by Department of Health and Foundation of Nursing Studies). While in Nottingham University, she was involved in number of Diversity activities: such as Nottingham University Diversity Student group, Ethnic, Diversity and Spirituality group. The following are BSc, MSc and PhD supervision
BSc (Hons)in Nursing students
BSc(Hons) Health Care Studies students
MSc in Advanced Nursing students
Doctor of Health Science (DHSci): Action research: .(1student completed)
PhD student: Qualitative study (1 Student Completed)
On the 1st June 2014 was transferred to University of Lincoln.
Co-lead University of Lincoln Inter-professional Education
BSc (Hon) Nursing
Module leader and teaching for professional studies and service improvement
Professional Research Skills for and in Practice
Practice support team member for South Lincolnshire
Supervision of BSc(Hon) nursing students
Serving on Postgraduate comittee
External PhD Examiner (National and International)
2015 : PhD Student – (Quantitative Approach) University of South Africa
2014: PhD Student- (Qualitative Approach) Birmingham City University UK
2012:Professional Doctorate student-:(Qualitative Research) Portsmouth University.UK
2009: PhD Student (Mixed methods) University of Johannesburg, South Africa
2007: PhD student (Qualitative Research) London South Bank University UK.
Reviewer for eight international peer reviewed Journals.
Editorial Board Member of Diversity and Equality in Health and Social Care Journal
Chairperson(For10years) of Malawi Health Care Support (UK) Charity, a charity that raises money in the UK to assist health services in Malawi