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Meet the Team

Sarah Burden

Dr Sarah Burden

Forum Chair

Sarah 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 (http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/23853/) 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.

Sarah Burden

Sarah Done

Sarah Done

Sarah Done is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Human and Health Science, Swansea University, joining the Department of Nursing in 2014. Following completion of her BSc  in Chemistry at the University of Reading, Sarah embarked upon her career in nursing undertaking her BSc Nursing at Swansea University and MSc Advanced Practice in Cardiff University, 

Sarah has a background of 17 years’ experience within the NHS with a primary focus on cardiac nursing.  A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Sarah strives to promote excellence and innovation within her undergraduate and post-graduate teaching. In addition to teaching responsibilities across the pre-registration nursing programme, Sarah is an advocate of work-based learning.  Sarah has scholarly interests in simulation; inter-professional education; clinical decision making; critical and acute care. She currently sits on the Royal College of Nursing Education Forum Steering Committee.

Susan Garland

Susan Garland

Originally qualifying as an SRN and then as a midwife, Sue worked in a variety of positions before moving to the Wessex Renal Unit, originally on night duty whilst her children were small.  Sue went on to undertake a number of roles such as Transplant Nurse Specialist, Renal Research, and Capacity Manager whilst still working across the whole spectrum of renal care, her experiences led to a Renal Staff Development Clinical Manager post and a secondment to the University of Southampton as a Teaching Fellow. Having qualified as a teacher, Sue then spent time working with the RCN Institute and the Open University whilst still working in clinical practice.
Introducing National Vocational qualifications within the Renal Unit led to opportunities to work with local Further Education Colleges delivering renal specific training as well as management programmes. After joining the Portsmouth Hospital Trust’s Corporate Education team, Sue’s role had a specific focus on developing and supporting mentorship and widening participation for unregistered staff. At that time, Sue was, privileged to be the first recipient of the Wessex Shine Award for Inspiring Educator in 2014 as well as a Chairs Award the following year.  Now, as Deputy Head of Non-Medical Education in the Trust, Sue is able to maintain a strong focus on widening participation and staff development.  As Lead for Clinical Apprenticeships we are have introduced the degree nurse apprenticeship as well as the Nurse Associate role.  Sue’s remit also includes the Care Certificate, Trainee Programmes as well as clinical skills and Band 5 staff development. 

Susan Garland

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. 

Moyra Journeaux

Rachael Major

Dr Rachael Major

Rachael qualified as a Registered Nurse (Adult) in 1996, having previously completed a BSc (Hons) in physiology and worked in general medical, general surgical and gynaecology including a practice educator role, before taking up a lecturing position in 2001 and senior lecturer post in 2003. Rachael has led on a number of programmes including pre-registration nursing, mentorship and return to practice. Rachael has worked collaboratively with a number of University’s to develop and deliver validated and NMC endorsed programmes and has an interest in curriculum development. Rachael is currently the post-registration programmes lead which include the BA (Hons) Health and Social Care Practice and Masters in Professional Practice, PGDip in Leadership in Professional Practice and PGCert in Professional Education.

Rachael teaches across a broad range of subjects from research, pedagogy, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, clinical skills and leadership and she is a National Vocational Qualification Assessor and Internal Verifier. Her Doctorate in Education investigated the experience of registered nurses with dyslexia and she has continued to research the experiences of neurodiverse nurses. Her research interests include neurodiversity in nursing, teaching of biological sciences and transition of newly qualified nurses. Rachael is passionate about supporting students from a wide range of backgrounds to enable them to reach their potential and being part of the development of healthcare professionals across their careers.

Rachael Major

Ally Middleton

Ally qualified as a Registered Nurse (Adult) with a BSc (Hons) in 2007 and embarked on a nursing career with the Royal Air Force.  This came with many opportunities to study and work in a variety of acute settings, which included clinical roles in the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine/University Hospitals Birmingham, as well as overseas deployments and postings working with the RAF, Army and Royal Navy Medical Services, and nursing colleagues from other nations. During this time an interest in supporting learning and education developed, supporting junior colleagues, students and support workers. 
 
Following a Diploma in Education whilst delivering clinical training, Ally moved to a military role in Birmingham City University, becoming involved in pastoral support, assessment of placement quality, and teaching, gaining her NMC Teacher status.  After leaving the military in 2016, Ally completed her Masters of Education whilst a Project Manager, successfully delivering the first Nursing Associate cohorts, working closely with local universities and currently is the Lead for Professional Development in Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. Ally is passionate about high quality education and opportunity for development across the continuum of nursing.

Ally Middleton

Debbie Porteous v2

Dr Debra Porteous

Debra has 35 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.

Her 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 is passionate about the nursing profession and takes every opportunity to enhance the subject area. A key area of interest is to work collaboratively with other experts in the field of nursing to enable integration of teaching, research, enterprise and internationalism in the subject activity. This will 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.

Debra regularly acts as an ambassador for the University externally at international, national and regional meetings and events. 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.

Research areas of interest;
First year student experience
Transition into Higher Education
Social capital and the impact on education 

Research methodologies
qualitative methodologies
realist evaluation 

 

Contact

Professional Lead: Ruth Burey

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