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 graduation, Robin began his nursing career at the South Lothian College of Nursing and Midwifery in Edinburgh, eventually qualifying as a Registered General Nurse. On qualification Robin worked as a Staff Nurse at the Royal Free Hospital in London in several specialties including ENT, orthopaedic/trauma and general surgery before moving to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington in 1994 to specialise in vascular surgery. In 1997 Robin became a Nurse Practitioner within the St Mary’s group of hospitals and commenced his teaching qualification at Thames Valley University, graduating with a master’s degree in Learning and Teaching in Healthcare in 2002, by which time he was working as a full time lecturer at TVU. In 2003 Robin moved to the University of Central Lancashire, in Preston, where he is currently the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Allied Health and Wellbeing.
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 posts in nursing within a variety of healthcare organisations and universities. As a Registered Nurse and Specialist Practitioner, her clinical background focused on primary care and community nursing. Her current role involves working with practice partners, students and academic staff to deliver innovative learning experiences for pre-registration nursing and midwifery students. Kay’s research interests include the image of nursing, coaching and supervision in practice. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, written book chapters and edited a professional portfolio textbook, and presented her research at professional conferences.
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 into education in a university setting Jan studied for an MA in Medical Ethics and Law and gained a Doctorate in Medical Ethics from Keele University. She undertook a number of roles in higher education and led a large multiprofessional team to deliver a wide range of health and social care education in partnership with health and social care providers and service users. Jan writes on ethical reflection and leadership in health and social care. She was most recently Head of the Institute of Health and Society at the University of Worcester before her retirement from healthcare education in 2019.
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 and the south of England and gained multiple qualifications (including General Intensive Care Nursing, Principles of Intensive Care (Paediatrics), BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies and Diploma in Health Service Management). Having spent ten years as an ICU Sister she moved into Higher Education where she has been for twenty years. During her time in HE she has facilitated the learning of many thousands of students at both undergraduate level and postgraduate level, whilst at the same time continuing her own education to Doctorate level. She believes that as a nurse educator she should strive to enable students to fuse their learning and integrate education, professional practice and research in order to develop as future nurses and enhance the care they offer patients.
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-registration courses, but recently moved to teach leadership and human factors/patient safety. She is course leader for MSc Human Factors and Patient Safety, which is an online course.
Mel is undertaking a Doctorate in Professional Practice and intends to contribute to research by using ethnography to understand the healthcare culture and management of patient falls. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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 further study in the near future.
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 neurosurgery. She has been working in PA education since 2014, with a focus on work-based learning and clinical placements. Kate is currently the placement lead for the University of Birmingham PA course, and also oversees the MsC ‘top up’ for PAs who wish to carry out some further research.
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 prescriber. Julia has a clinical background in children’s surgical nursing and health visiting. She has also worked with the United Nations (UNHCR) as a volunteer nurse caring for Myanmar refugees in Malaysia. Julia joined the University of Central Lancashire in 2016 as a lecturer in children’s nursing and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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, she spent fifteen years as a secondary school teacher. She has a special interest in communication methods and teaches a range of therapeutic communication and counselling skills. Her research interests include understanding attachment narratives and narrative enquiry methods. She has co-written and contributed to a number of books on subjects such as communication skills and child and adolescent mental health.