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Chris Barber

Chris Barber is a registered nurse (learning disabilities), qualifying as such in December 1989, and he holds an MEd from the University of Birmingham in special educational needs (autism). He has wor…

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Clare L. Bennett

Dr Clare L. Bennett is a registered nurse with a background in immunology, HIV infectious diseases and sexual health. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University and teaches health promot…

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Ben Bradley

Ben Bradley graduated in 2019 with a BSc in physiotherapy from the University of Nottingham. He works as a Senior Physiotherapist in the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Department at Solent NHS Trust.

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Angelina Chadwick

Angelina is Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing a the University of Salford. She began her career as a general nurse in 1986, working in surgery. She later retrained as a mental health nurse and progres…

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Liz Clark

Liz Clark is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Health and Community Studies at Leeds Beckett University, with wide experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students within nursing, he…

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Neil Davison

Neil Davison worked in trauma and orthopaedics after the completion of his state registration and orthopaedic nursing qualifications in the 1970s and early 1980s. He lectured at Bangor University for…

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Valerie Denieul

Valerie is a Registered Children’s Nurse and Registered Nurse Teacher, with a clinical background in children’s high dependency nursing and children’s clinical trials. Valerie joined the University of…

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Caroline Dickson

Caroline Dickson has been a Registered Nurse since 1985 and has considerable experience in community nursing, particularly district nursing, general practice nursing and practice development. In 2003…

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Rachel Dodd

Rachel Dodd studied adult nursing at Queen Margaret University. After obtaining her degree, Rachel Dodd now works as a staff nurse in theatre recovery and is enjoying her work in her first post.

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Elaine Donnelly

Elaine Donnelly was a Senior Lecturer in Health, Social Care and Psychology at the University of Worcester, where she developed and taught modules of study across many courses on offer in the departme…

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Robyn Flemming

Robyn Flemming is an author, and a freelance editor with clients across the world. She lived in Hong Kong from 1986 to 1993 and was a global nomad from 2010 to 2020. After sitting out COVID in regiona…

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Carol Forde-Johnston

Carol Forde-Johnston (RGN, BSc (Hons), PGDip, RNT and MSc) is a Divisional Recruitment and Retention Lead in the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Her role involves leading recruitment…

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Marjorie Ghisoni

Marjorie Ghisoni is a Lecturer and course lead for mental health nursing at Bangor University in North Wales. Marjorie qualified as a nurse in 1996 with Bangor University and worked as a community psy…

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Laura Ginesi

Dr Laura Ginesi (PhD; BSc (Hons); PGCE; Cert. HE) is an applied physiologist with more than 30 years’ experience of physiological education. Currently working at the University of East Anglia as an As…

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Terri Grant

Terri is Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at the University of Worcester. She has been an Occupational Therapist for over 20 years, practising for 14 years as a specialist in the field of Strok…

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Sally Hayes

Dr Sally Hayes is Director of Students at the Open University. Her academic career began at Leeds Metropolitan University where she gained experience of working with students at different academic lev…

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Vanessa Heaslip

Vanessa Heaslip is a Professor of Nursing and Healthcare Equity at the University of Salford, and a visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at Stavanger University, Norway. She h…

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Sam Humphrey

Sam Humphrey is a Lecturer in Learning Disability Nursing at De Montfort University. His initial background upon qualifying as a learning disability nurse was working in residential nursing services f…

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Louise Jones

Louise Jones is an executive and leadership coach with many years’ experience in leadership roles within higher education. She has been Dean of Health, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Educational Partners…

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Gill Jordan

Gill Jordan qualified as a registered nurse in 1978. She completed her Orthopaedic Nursing Certificate and moved to New Zealand where she worked in a large orthopaedic teaching hospital, ultimately as…

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Joanne Keeling

Joanne attended Bolton and Salford School of Nursing and qualified as a mental health nurse in 1995. Joanne worked in a range of mental health specialisms culminating in posts as a clinical leader and…

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Anneyce Knight

The late Anneyce Knight, who died in 2021, had retired earlier that year from her role as Associate Dean for Global Engagement and Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at Bournemouth University, where she…

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Vincent La Placa

Vincent La Placa is Associate Professor, Public Health and Policy, at the University of Greenwich which he joined in 2010. He previously worked as a Research Consultant for the Department of Health, w…

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Jacqueline Leigh

Dr Jacqueline Leigh is a Professor of Nurse Education Practice at the University of Salford and is a Registered Nurse. Her contributions made to learning and teaching have positively influenced the Un…

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Sue Lillyman

Sue Lillyman is a registered nurse and midwife with a background in older people, end of life, long-term conditions and care of people with dementia and frailty. She is an associate lecturer for the U…

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Bruce Lindsay

Bruce Lindsay worked in health care for over thirty years after qualifying in children’s nursing and adult nursing in Sheffield. He was awarded a PhD for his research into the development of the car…

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Anne Llewellyn

Dr Anne Llewellyn started working life as a Registered Nurse, and worked in Higher Education for over 25 years, primarily in academic roles. She took on various leadership roles in higher education an…

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Kath MacDonald

Dr Kath MacDonald is Honorary Lecturer in the Nursing, Occupational and Arts Therapies Division of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Her nursing background is in long term conditions (respiratory…

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Ruth Magowan

Ruth is a senior lecturer and currently the programme lead for the Master’s in Nursing at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. It is important to her to continue to practice as a nurse while working…

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Allan McNaught

The late Allan McNaught worked in health administration, health planning and development in the UK and in transitional, lower and middle income countries, and as a university lecturer. He taught at Lo…

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Pamela Minett

Pamela Minett (BSc (Hons), Biological sciences) is the author of educational textbooks including Child Care and Development, now in its 7th edition, and The Environment Explained series. She is also c…

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Neil Murphy

Neil started his career as a mental health practitioner in 1980. He trained as a mental health nurse and then as a behaviour therapist, working predominantly in a community role and latterly, in his a…

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Peggy Murphy

Peggy Murphy is a Senior Lecturer in adult nursing at Liverpool John Moores University. She has nursing experience in acute medicine and cardiothoracic intensive care and has worked as a registered nu…

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Melanie Newton

Mel Newton is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care at Teesside University. She has worked for many years within the Nursing Department teaching across pre-registration and post-re…

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Kay Norman

Dr Kay Norman is Head of Practice Learning and Partnership for the Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Worcester. Kay has held senior clinical, academic and management…

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Natius Oelofsen

Natius Oelofsen is a consultant clinical psychologist trained in South Africa and the UK. He has worked in the UK’s NHS for 18 years in a variety of settings, including children’s services, adult ment…

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Rachel Parkinson

Rachel Parkinson studied adult nursing at Queen Margaret University before taking some time to travel. She has enjoyed all the new experiences that come with travelling and has plans to return to furt…

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Kirstie Paterson

Kirstie graduated in 2015 from Queen Margaret University with a BSc (Hons) in Nursing. She then completed a 16-month conversion course in Child Health Nursing at Edinburgh Napier University where she…

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Erica Pavord

Erica Pavord was a Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the University of Worcester and now works as a systemic counsellor with families in Monmouthshire. Before becoming a counsellor, sh…

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Lauren Philpott

Lauren Philpott qualified as a registered children’s nurse in 2014. She initially rotated between a children’s ward and Special Care Baby Unit before resuming a permanent position on a general childre…

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Jan Quallington

Dr Jan Quallington qualified as a RGN (Adult) and undertook specialist education in cardiothoracic nursing. Her clinical practice was in acute medicine, coronary care and intensive care. After moving…

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Robin Richardson

Originally from County Durham, Robin began his academic career at Royal Holloway College, University of London in 1984, graduating in 1987 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Physiology and Zoology. On…

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Debbie Roberts

Professor Debbie Roberts is Director of the School of Nursing and Allied Health at Liverpool John Moores University. She has deep expertise in nursing, with over 30 years of experience as a qualified…

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Julia Robinson

Julia Robinson is a Registered Adult Nurse, a Registered Children’s Nurse and a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree (BN Hons) and is a non-medical prescrib…

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Kate Straughton

Kate is President of the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians. She has over ten years’ experience as a Physician Associate, including working in acute medicine and neuros…

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Georgios Tsigkas

Georgios graduated as a Registered General Nurse in Athens, Greece, before moving to Cardiff in 2014 and completing his master’s degree in Advanced Practice Education for Health Professionals. His cli…

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Elizabeth Tudor

Elizabeth is Practice Education Facilitator in the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. She began her career in nursing in 1977, qualifying as a State Enrolled Nurse working in surge…

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Karen Vipond

Karen Vipond’s career experiences have been very varied as she has worked as a biologist, teacher, trauma nurse, district nurse, health visitor, and medical research coordinator for Oxford University…

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Jessica Wallar

Jessica Wallar is a PhD Candidate in nursing at Northeastern University in Boston, USA, graduating in 2021. Her dissertation topic is on college students’ motivation to use fitness related technology…

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Mark Walsh

Mark Walsh is a social science tutor and specialist mental health mentor who works with student taking university and further education courses. He is an experienced mental health nurse, tutor and tex…

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Jeannie Watkins

Jeannie Watkins was one of the first UK trained Physician Associates (PA) qualifying in 2007 and have worked as a PA in acute medicine and primary care. She is Course Director for the Masters in Physi…

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Sara White

Sara qualified as a registered nurse in 1986, after which she worked in Acute Trauma and Orthopaedics before moving to Intensive care (ICU) and Coronary care. She worked in a number of ICUs in London…

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Maxine Womack

Maxine Womack is a Deputy Ward Manager in Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust. She started working in mental health in 2007. When she first started working in mental health Maxine was a…

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Luke Woodhouse

Luke is a Registered Mental Health Nurse working for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT). He has worked in various areas of mental health when training at the University of Salford…

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