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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.

Karen Alred

Karen Alred

Karen originally trained as an enrolled nurse back in the 1980’s at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, completed a return to nursing programme in 2004 after a career break, following on with the conversion to RN(A) before moving into a community role. Completing the SCPHN (SN) PGDip, then MSc Public Health Nursing, she worked for 6 years within a specialist role for children with disabilities before heading into higher education, initially leading the school nurse pathway for the SCHPN programme. The PgC Health Education qualification for NMC Teacher level 4 was completed before moving across to her current role.

Karen is a lecturer in the School of Health Sciences and works primarily with FdA Health and Wellbeing Apprenticeships as deputy course lead and supports BSc (Hons) Nursing Apprenticeships, delivering modules and acting as an Enhanced Personal Tutor. Additionally, she is the Clinical Learning Environment Support Lead for a local hospital Trust. Karen is passionate about working with children, young people and their families to enable facilitation of self-care as well as enabling opportunities for students from a widening participation background to achieve in the higher education environment.

Karen completed her MSc in assessment of children’s continence needs. She has a keen interest in how we work to support individuals to consider the role of power relationships and communication, whether these be for students in education or service users. Currently she is undertaking some action research on the role of the enhanced personal tutor in supporting wider participation students completing the BSc (Hons) Degree Nursing Apprenticeship.

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

Programme Director, NHS Education for Scotland

Jane has been a member of the RCN since 1979 when she started her nursing career in Manchester. Her clinical background is in public health and community nursing and at present is Programme Director within Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Directorate at NHS Education for Scotland.

Jane has over 30 years’ experience within nurse education and has held posts within Colleges of Nursing and Universities and in her current post has led on a number of national education initiatives over the last 17 years; including the development of educational guidance and resources to support general practice nursing, school nursing, child protection, autism, practice development, older people’s care and health improvement. 

Jane currently leads a programme of work where she engages with all pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes across Scotland and supports a national group who research and explore programme enhancement.  She also manages a team who are supporting the learning and development of clinical healthcare support workers across Scotland. 

Jane joined the RCN Education Forum because she feels that it was important to make links across the United Kingdom at a time when there is much change within nurse education.  She is excited for the new ‘Future Nurse’ programmes and would like to see more newly qualified nurses choosing community nursing as career option straight after registration. 

Susan Garland

Susan Garland

Bio to follow

Moyra Journeax

Moyra Journeaux

Dr Moyra Journeaux qualified as a nurse in 1989 from the Mater Hospital at the Belfast Northern College of Nursing. Moyra worked in a number of perioperative positions in Belfast, London and Guernsey before setting in Jersey in 1995. Here Moyra worked initially in the Main Theatre Department where she was Orthopaedic Sister. Following a post as Senior Sister for Practice Development in the Perioperative areas she joined the Higher Education Department as a lecturer in 2008 and a Senior Lecturer in 2014. Moyra completed an MSc in Advanced Surgical Practice followed by a Professional Doctorate in Education at Cardiff University. Moyra is Jersey programme lead for the MSc Professional Studies and the MSc Advanced Practice. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her interests are: research, ethics, social history, social policy, the history of nurse education, student identity, lecturer identity, disciplinary power, patient safety, infection prevention and control, and pain management. Prior to taking up a position on the the RCN Education Forum Steering Committee Moyra was Chair of the RCN Perioperative Forum Steering Committee. 
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.



Professional Lead: Gill Coverdale

Page last updated - 08/08/2019