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Claire graduated from Northumbria University with a first-class honours degree in adult nursing, and a distinction in midwifery (postgraduate diploma). Claire received an academic achievement award for both her nursing and midwifery studies and received the ‘Heath medal’, which was awarded for both academic and clinical excellence in nursing. In 2016, she, alongside her colleague Laura Park, was a finalist for the student ‘Nursing Times Award – Teaching Innovation of the Year’, for their ‘Skills 4 Practice Website’.

Claire’s role as Lecturer includes contributing to the delivery of a range of modules across preregistration healthcare programmes, both nationally and internationally. This has incorporated involvement in a simulation-training programme for Thailand Nurse Educators, simulated clinical skills sessions for medical students from St George’s University and participation in the delivery of nursing modules to undergraduate students in Malta. Teaching activities include demonstrating clinical skills, undertaking lectures, facilitating seminars and workshops, supporting students independent learning, conducting placement visits, and providing tutorials and pastoral guidance.  Claire’s interests are centred on clinical skills, perioperative care, gynaecology and women’s health and pedagogical teaching methods, which encourage learning through a variety of media, including those methods that employ more technological interventions.

Research interests

Claire is involved in several research projects. Her PhD study examined perioperative care and pain planning using both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods and was underpinned by a critical ethnographic methodology. She is also involved in research projects, which explore the use of technology-enhanced learning and virtual reality to augment undergraduate students learning experiences of clinical skills.

Further Information

2020 Winner of NSU Teaching Awards - Outstanding Staff Member for Health and Life Sciences

Co-creator and Leader for Skills for Practice Website - Finalist Student Nursing Times Award (SNTA) – Teaching Innovation of the Year 2016

Member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)

Member of the British Association of Day Surgery (BADS)

Member of the IFNA UK and Ireland

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD, ‘Myth or reality?’ Preoperative pain planning and management: A critical ethnographic examination and exploration of day surgery preoperative practices, Northumbria University

Award Date: 26 Jun 2020

Midwifery, PGDip, Passed with Distinction, Northumbria University

25 Jun 201231 Dec 2099

Award Date: 25 Jun 2012

Nursing Studies, BSc (Hons), Past with first class honours, Northumbria University

2 Sept 200931 Dec 2099

Award Date: 2 Sept 2009


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