Trained in London, qualifying in 1989. She worked in Australia in A&E for 3 years, then spent the next 6 years travelling the world working on P&O and Princess cruise ships. In 1998 Jan joined the Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service and worked at various shore-based military establishments around the UK, mostly in primary healthcare. She also served in Afghanistan and on board HMS Ark Royal.
Leaving the Royal Navy as Lieutenant Commander in 2012, Jan worked at various local surgeries adjusting to civilian life in the NHS. She has a special interest in carers and their support, having cared for her disabled mother at home for 7 years whilst juggling her own career.
In her spare time she enjoys her dogs, scuba diving, gardening, dance aerobics/keeping fit (but only the enjoyable sort!), and muddy obstacle-course races!