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Meet the Team

Pauline Walsh

Pauline Walsh

Forum Chair

Pauline Walsh, interim PVC and Faculty Dean for the Faculty of Medicine and Health sciences at Keele University

Pauline started her nursing career in Gloucestershire qualifying in 1984 and worked clinically in trauma orthopaedics, surgery and intensive care nursing. Her academic interests revolve around health care ethics and professional practice and as part of her master’s degree in medical ethics she explored life and death decision making within intensive care. She is a module leader for a level six module, ‘legal and ethical issues in health care’ for post registration students.  She has always had a passion for education and took up post in 1991 as a registered nurse tutor at the United Midlands College of Nursing and then Wolverhampton University. She has a wealth of experience in curriculum design development and delivery across pre and post registration programmes with a specific expertise in placement learning, clinical skill development and clinical assessment.  Following the move of nurse education into HE she was instrumental in establishing the first fully funded practice placement facilitator roles and developing robust partnership working frameworks to facilitate placement learning. Since moving to Keele University in June 2007 she has provided dynamic leadership to the team and have led a number of innovation / research projects including:

1. The  implementation of a peer support model for staff
2. Raising the awareness of the realities of non-medical professional practice programmes for prospective applicants.
3. Access and progression into nursing
4. The use of simulation within pre-registration nursing

Her recent research focus has been around the student experience and in particular student attrition, belonging and retention which were complimented by her being the west midlands HEI representative on the DH national group looking at managing student attrition during 2009. More recently her research has evolved into exploring the development of resilience within student’s but with a particular focus on their resilience in managing challenging issues during clinical placement.

She became the Head of School in September 2010 and has led the growth and development of the school, through the expansion of their educational portfolio alongside the development of research capacity and capability. In addition to this growth a focus on staff and student experience has seen an increase in satisfaction with a steady climb up the rankings of major league tables. She is committed to understanding how they can improve the education they offer and has recently been appointed as chair of the university quality assurance and enhancement committee and has a new university strategic role in quality and enhancement.

She has been a member of the Council of Deans for Health since 2010 providing expertise around student retention which culminated in a national workshop identifying good practice in promoting retention.  She is an active member of the Royal College of Nursing Education Forum since 2011 taking up chair of this in December 2015. Within this role she is able to influence nurse education on a national scale and am committed to developing a vibrant and engaged forum that reaches out to its wider membership.

Sarah Burden

Dr Sarah Burden

Co-Director for Practice Learning for the School of Health & Community Studies at Leeds Beckett University.

Is a Registered Nurse, an experienced Senior Lecturer and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Following clinical practice in intensive care and medicine, she has been involved in Higher Education across pre-and post-registration and Continuing Professional Development programmes in the UK since 2001. She currently sits on the Royal College of Nursing Education Forum Steering Committee.

Sarah provides strategic leadership for practice based education for a range of nursing, social care and community based programmes. She has been involved in a number of practice focused projects to support situated learning and the assessment of professional knowledge and competence. As well as teaching responsibilities across a range of nursing modules relating to clinical skills, Long Term Conditions, End of Life Care, Medicines Management and mentor preparation, she undertakes external examining duties, has worked as a pre-publication reviewer for a number of skills and simulation texts and contributed to the Royal College of Nursing review into mentoring practices. Her research interests and research student supervision, focus on health professional education to support workforce and practitioner development and competence. She has conducted studies into the anxiety experienced by student nurses involved in End of Life Care. Her PhD focused on examining mentor judgements and decision making regarding student competence in practice ( Sarah is concerned with the impact of education and training on service user experience, the capability of practitioners to deliver skilled, quality care, and the effect of education upon individual practitioner development. 

Jane Cantrell

Jane Cantrell

Lecturer in Health Visiting, University of Manchester

Has been a member of the RCN since 1978 when she started her nursing career in Manchester. Her background is in public health and primary care education and at present is a Lecturer in Health Visiting at the University of Manchester.

As this is one of the biggest schools of nursing in England she is fortunate to come into contact with many students and colleagues in primary care across the north west and work with a variety of professionals across many different trusts in a strategic, education and managerial capacity.

She is a steering group member of the Education Forum and believes that the shift of health care into primary care will have a significant affect on how nurses work in the 21st century. She also believes that nursing students are our future. With good education and support from practice, they will ultimately shape health care.

The RCN is the voice of nursing across the United Kingdom and she joined the Education Forum steering group because she wanted to take a more active role in developing education in nursing in these challenging times.

She would like to think she could make a ripple of a difference in enabling nurses to improve patient and client care. She also thinks nurses need to be more strategic and pro-active as they are a powerful group and when they work together much can be done. She would advise all to get involved in whatever way you can to improve nursing.

Susan Garland

Susan Garland

Bio to follow

Moyra Journeaux

Final year doctoral student, completing a Professional Doctorate in Education at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

Qualified as an RGN in 1989 from the Belfast Northern College for Nursing and Midwifery in N. Ireland and worked in a number of perioperative positions. In 1995 she joined Health and Social Services Department in Jersey working initially in the Main Theatre Department. Following a post as Senior Sister for Practice Development in the Perioperative areas she joined the Nursing & Midwifery Higher Education Department as a lecturer in 2008 and a Senior Lecturer in 2014. Moyra has worked as an honorary lecturer of the University of Southampton, University of Northampton and University of Chester. She is a faculty member at the Royal College of Surgeons on the Patient Safety in Theatre Teams course and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Moyra is past chair of the Guernsey Branch of the Association or Perioperative Practitioners, past chair of the Jersey Branch of the Association of Perioperative Practitioners and past chair of the Royal College of Nursing Perioperative Forum Steering Committee. She is currently a member of the Education Forum Steering committee and has an interest in the history of nurse education.

• MSc  Advanced Surgical Practice (Cardiff University)
• PgCert  Academic Practice (University of Southampton)
• BSc (Hons) Nursing Science (University of Manchester)
• Dip Health Service Management (Royal College of Nursing)
• Registered General Nurse (Belfast Northern College of Nursing and Midwifery) 

Debra Porteous

Dr Debra Porteous

Prof. Doc. (Ed), MSc, PgDip Ed (Health), BSc(hons), RGN, RSCN, FHEA is Head of Nursing and Midwifery, Northumbria University.

She has 30 years teaching experience with students and colleagues in a professional nursing/ healthcare practice setting (1986-1995) and in a Higher Education setting (1995 – present), at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral academic levels.  Clinical practice has focused on children’s nursing where Debra has led teams of nurses/doctors to be nationally recognised for the care given to children and families. An area of interest is empowering parents and young people to have a voice in the care they receive.

Debra has achieved a Professional doctorate and is interested in the student experience within Higher Education relating to nurse education. She is an active researcher, holding a portfolio of supervision of doctorate students and mentoring others in their academic development. Debra is a significant contributor to knowledge in her discipline, advancing theory and practice, through research and presentations/engagement in regional and national bodies.

Debra is passionate about the nursing profession and takes every opportunity to enhance the subject area. That is one of the reasons why she applied to be part of the Education Forum. To work collaboratively with other experts in the field of nursing to enable integration of teaching, research, enterprise and internationalism in the subject activity to ensure that the nurse profession continues to be high quality to provide nurses of the future that are fit to practice and able to deliver care at the point of requirement.

Sue Ramsdale

Dr Susan Ramsdale

Senior Lecturer, Division of Midwifery & Social Work, University of Manchester

Susan has a varied mental health nursing background, having worked in dementia care, acute care and community based crisis care. She moved into nurse education in 2003 with the University of Central Lancashire and led the pre-registration nursing programmes and the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programmes. She recently spent a year working at Bolton University developing and delivering the first non-commissioned pre-registration nursing programme and is now at Manchester University working on the mental health pre-registration nursing programme.

Her research interests lie with the experiences of nurse educators as they develop their new identities within higher education and the role that doctoral level study plays in this. She has also achieved  a Professional Doctorate in Education through an auto-ethnographic exploration of the transition from nurse to nurse educator.  Her position on the Education Steering Committee sprang directly from this interest as she firmly believes that nurse education needs to strengthen its position within higher education. She believes that nurses must be supported to achieve doctoral level qualifications to ensure that the profession is viewed on a par with its counterparts in health care

Susan really enjoys working in nurse education and get great satisfaction from not only seeing new nurses graduate but also experienced nurses returning to study in order to continually improve patient care.

Helen Stanley

Helen Stanley

Academic Lead for Nursing in the School of Health Sciences, at the University of Brighton

Helen qualified as a nurse from St. Mary’s Hospital, London in and quickly specialised in intensive care, working in a number of Emergency and Intensive Care Units in London and the South East. She taught the ICU course at Guy’s Hospital and in Brighton. She has thirty years expertise in senior roles in continuing professional and postgraduate healthcare education, specialising in programmes of preparation for mentor, practice teacher and qualified nurse teachers and was awarded the Higher Education Academy Senior Fellowship in 2014.

She undertook her PGCEA at the University of Surrey and the BEd (Hons) Nurse Teachers at the University of Sussex. She went on to complete her masters’ degree in Nursing Studies and MA in Applied Professional Research at the University of Brighton. Her research interests focus on work-based learning, and workforce planning in the NHS. She is currently undertaking a PhD exploring the educational strategies in clinical leadership programmes that have an impact on workplace culture.

She is passionate about the development of excellent compassionate and caring nursing standards and professional credibility through active engagement with professional and educational developments at a local, national and international level. Helen is proud to have become the Academic Lead for Nursing in the School of Health Sciences, at the University of Brighton at a time of such rapid change in nurse education.

Helen was formerly a member of the RCN Practice Education Forum and has represented the Education Forum at Congress and the International Education Forum Conference, presenting a paper on Advanced Nursing Practice and Interprofessional Education in 2015.


Professional Lead: Anne Corrin

Page last updated - 02/11/2018