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Sarah is Head of Subject - nursing and a senior lecturer - adult nursing in the Department of Nursing Midwifery & Health. She has breadth of experience in teaching, learning and scholarship gained from academic positions in two HEIs, the University of Stirling and now Northumbria University. Her knowledge and understanding of nursing and nurse education is also informed by 14 years of clinical practice in a number of Scottish NHS Trusts.

Currently, Sarah is a module lead in the MSc Nursing Science/RN programme. Sarah is an experienced personal tutor and provides professional and academic support to a group of students completing their pre-registration programme.

Sarah has knowledge of international teaching through her contribution to the MCAST/Northumbria University Pre-Registration Nurse Programme. This international experience is informed by my teaching capabilities but also by previous clinical roles as a RN in Durban, South Africa.

2018 – present NMC/Mott Macdonald QA Registrant Visitor. Sarah acts as an Registrant Visitor to ensure the quality assurance of education programmes for nurses and nursing associates across the UK. 

2016 - present External Examiner - Sarah is an external examiner for Pre-registration Adult Nursing, at London South Bank University.



Research interests

Sarah has a research portfolio and publication record across more than 20 years from 1997 to 2020. This has focused on her early clinical specialism working in a Vascular Unit in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, and her time as a Research Assistant, with the then Scottish Executive Health Department. Her publications also focus on a service redesign projects and up to my most recent research on the implementation of health policy. 

Key areas of interest are the modernisation of healthcare and the role of social and health policy in supporting the requirement for greater responsiveness, improved patient-focus and new models of care delivery. This specialism builds on her time in clinical practice and subsequently refined in her PhD. Her thesis focused on the implementation of health policy promoting self-management for people with long term conditions, a priority area for health policy across the UK. Sarah has an in-depth knowledge of the health policy process, current themes and priorities in policy and recognise the importance of health policy on the practice of nursing.

Further Information

2018 – 2019 A Research Portfolio – Transformational change by nursing, midwifery and care staff across health and care. Sarah was a contributing member of this national working group, which has produced the NHS England research portfolio. The purpose of the portfolio was to demonstrate the impact and contribution that nursing, midwifery and care staff can make to transforming health and care. https://www.england.nhs.uk/nursingmidwifery/research-and-evidence/research-portfolio/


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Nursing, PhD, A qualitative study of policy and action: How the Scottish Government has implemented self-management support for people with long-term conditions., University of Stirling

13 Nov 201531 Dec 2099

Award Date: 13 Nov 2015

Nursing, PGCert, Post Graduate Certificate in Practice Education - NMC registered lecturer/Practice Educator, University of Dundee

Sept 2003Jun 2005

Award Date: 1 Jun 2005

Nursing, MSc, Nursing and Health Studies, , University of Edinburgh

Sept 1992Sept 1994

Award Date: 1 Sept 1994

Nursing Studies, BSc, University of Edinburgh

Sept 1984Sept 1988

Award Date: 1 Sept 1988

External positions

Mott MacDonald

Sept 2018Sept 2021

London South Bank University

Dec 2016Dec 2021


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