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Dr Joan Simons

Associate Dean Teaching Excellence, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

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  • Associate Dean Teaching Excellence
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Health and Social Care
  • joan.simons

Professional biography

Joan is Associate Dean Teaching Excellence in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies. 
Her background is in adult education, management, leadership and coaching as well as adult and children's nursing, burns nursing, community health and pain management research.  Joan has held a number of posts in nurse education and worked as a research fellow at the Institute of Child Health.

Joan is an expert in the field of adult education applied to practice. Her distinctive intellectual contribution comes from a strengths based position, focussing on those in society who are underprivileged or at a disadvantage in their ability to achieve their potential, and at the same time recognising the best of what is, to enhance students experience, so that they can meet their study goals and truly experience life changing learning.  

Awards and Accreditation

Joan was awarded a Travel Scholarship from the Florence Nightingale Foundation in 2012 to undertake an appreciative enquiry project on international practice in the management of children's pain. This meant spending time at three study sites in the UK, Sweden and Australia. I have completed the scholarship report and sent copies to the three study sites.

 Joan is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

Joan’s research expertise is in the management of pain, and allied interests concern child health, childhood obesity and parenting.

Pain management has received a higher profile in recent years and a situation has now developed where the knowledge of pain management is lagging behind the delivery of evidence based pain management. There are now standards for pain management, in particular for acute pain in children, but there is little evidence that nurses have managed to meet these standards. Nurses are aware of the need to improve the pain management of children but there is a recognised lack of provision of education on how best to manage children's pain.

Joan's work has addressed the paucity of practice based research in the management of childrren's pain through the publication of an influential book on children's, parents' and practitioners' stories of children's pain as well as articles on the expertise of parents in managing the pain of their child with complex needs.

Joan’s work has also focussed on the health and wellbeing of children and in particular how to tackle the pressing challenge of childhood obesity. Joan has edited three online editions of Journal of Child Health Care on Childhood Obesity, Adolescence and Learning Disability.   

Teaching interests

Joan has demonstrated excellent innovative practice in her scholarship work, situated in a strengths based approach, in recognition of the multiple challenges and disadvantages of part time students. Her approach to innovation is rooted in a stance of conceptualizing resilience, where students faced with a challenge have the ability, through support, to adjust to that challenge and continue with their studies. Joan’s focus has been to identify what students value and the coping mechanisms they utilize in the face of adversity that enables them to succeed, as well as the institutional factors that students identify as contributing to them achieving their study goals.

Joan has led on three scholarship projects, firstly on a level 1 gateway module exploring student resilience followed by an appreciative inquiry project exploring the antecedents and consequences of graduate success so that the factors identified as promoting success, could be reinforced and supported, but also to identify where graduates had found employment.  

Joan’s current project involves a deep dive on data relating to students who non formally withdraw from a level one distance learning module. The aim of the project is to identify the unvoiced needs of students who withdrew from the module in order to influence processes to provide support in future.

Joan is passionate about identifying and promoting teaching excellence and is overseeing a range of projects highlighting and rewarding the teaching excellence of colleagues in the Faculty of Wellbeing Education and Language Studies.

 

 

 

External collaborations

Joan has been an external examiner in a range of universities for over 20 years. Her current role is external examiner for the Masters in Paediatrics and Child Health at Imperial College London.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Children and Young People Research GroupGroupFaculty of Health and Social Care

Publications

Developing a Sense of Knowing and Acquiring the Skills to Manage Pain in Children with Profound Cognitive Impairments: Mothers’ Perspectives (2017-03-26)
Carter, Bernie; Arnott, Janine; Simons, Joan and Bray, Lucy
Pain Research and Management, 2017, Article 2514920
Navigating Uncertainty: Health Professionals' Knowledge, Skill and Confidence in Assessing and Managing Pain in Children with Profound Cognitive Impairment (2016-12)
Carter, Bernie; Simons, Joan; Bray, Lucy and Arnott, Janine
Pain Research and Management, 2016, Article 8617182
A proposed model of the effective management of children's pain (2015)
Simons, Joan
Pain Management Nursing, 16(4) (pp. 570-578)
Engaging with children in designing pain research: how to do it and is it worth the effort? (2015)
Carter, Bernie; Bray, Lucy; Satchwell, Candice and Simons, Joan
Pain News, 13(2) (pp. 121-124)
The challenges of adolescence (2014-10)
Kelsey, Janet and Simons, Joan
Journal of Child Health Care
Children’s experience of postoperative pain relief: children, parents and nurses use various pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches, particularly distraction (2014)
Simons, Joan
Evidence-Based Nursing, 17(3) (p 88)
Childhood Obesity (2013-06)
Simons, Joan; Carter, Bernie; Dey, Paolo and Ivey, Jean
Journal of Child Health Care
Preceptorship:ensuring the best possible start for new nurses (2013-02)
Harrison-White, Karen and Simons, Joan
Nursing Children and Young People, 25(1) (pp. 24-27)
An introduction to Q methodology (2013-01)
Simons, Joan
Nurse Researcher, 20(3) (pp. 28-32)
'Nurses do assess pain, they just don't write it down!' (2012-03)
Simons, Joan
Journal of Child Health Care, 16(1) (pp. 3-4)
Identifying medication errors in surgical prescription charts (2010-06)
Simons, Joan
Paediatric Nursing, 22(5) (pp. 20-24)
Influences of nurses' scoring of children's postoperative pain (2009-06)
Simons, Joan and Moseley, Laurence
Journal of Child Health Care, 13(2) (pp. 101-115)
Postoperative pain: the impact of prescribing patterns on nurses' administration on analgesia (2008-10)
Simons, Joan and Moseley, Laurence
Paediatric Nursing, 20(8) (14 -19)
Changing practice: implementing validated paediatric pain assessment tools (2006-06)
Simons, Joan and Macdonald, Louise M.
Journal of Child Health Care, 10(2) (pp. 160-176)
Pain assessment tools: children's nurses' views (2004-12)
Simons, J. M. and Macdonald, L. M.
Journal of Child Health Care, 8(4) (264 -278)
Poor communication and knowledge deficits: Obstacles to effective management of children's postoperative pain (2002-10)
Simons, Joan and Roberson, Elaine
Journal of Advanced Nursing, 40(1) (pp. 78-86)
An action research study exploring how education may enhance pain management (2002-02)
Simons, Joan
Nurse Education Today, 22(2) (pp. 108-117)
Parents' support and satisfaction with their child's postoperative care (2002)
Simons, Joan
British Journal of Nursing, 11(22) (pp. 1442-1449)
Parent involvement in children's pain care: views of parents and nurses (2001-11)
Simons, Joan; Franck, Linda and Roberson, Elaine
Journal of Advanced Nursing, 36(4) (pp. 591-599)
Growing pains (1999)
Simons, Joan
Paediatric Nursing, 11(5) (10 -11)
Young children in A&E: a local review (1999)
Simons, J. M.
Paediatric Nursing, 11(7) (pp. 24-27)
Perceptions of perfection: meeting women's postnatal needs (1995-06)
Simons, Joan
Primary Health Care , 5(6) (pp. 10-12)
Stories of Children’s Pain: Linking Evidence to Practice (2014-04)
Carter, Bernie and Simons, Joan
ISBN : 978-14462-0760-4 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
Leadership and Vision (2013-08-27)
Simons, Joan and Lomax, Helen
In: MacKian, Sara and Simons, Joan eds. Leading, Managing, Caring (pp. 61-88)
ISBN : 9780415658515 | Publisher : Routledge in association with The Open University | Published : Abingdon
Developing a coaching style of management (2013-08-27)
Simons, Joan
In: MacKian, Sara and Simons, Joan eds. Leading, Managing, Caring (pp. 243-266)
ISBN : 9780415658515 | Publisher : Routledge in association with The Open University | Published : Abingdon
Managing Challenges (2013)
Simons, Joan
In: MacKian, Sara and Simons, Joan eds. Leading, Managing, Caring
ISBN : 9780415658515 | Publisher : Routledge in association with The Open University | Published : Abingdon
Above all else do no harm: an ethical evaluation of paediatric nurses management of children's pain (2011)
Simons, Joan
In: Brykczynska, Gosia M. and Simons, Joan eds. Ethical and Philosophical Aspects of Nursing Children and Young People (pp. 155-164)
ISBN : 9781405194143 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell | Published : Oxford
Integumentary system (2010-04-29)
Kelly , Jacinta and Simons, Joan
In: Coyne, Imelda; Neill, Emma and Timmins, Fiona eds. Clinical Skills in Children's Nursing (pp. 395-422)
ISBN : 978-0-19-955903-9 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford
Understanding Health and Illness (2010)
Woodthorpe, Kate and Simons, Joan
In: Kubiak, Chris and Leach, Jonathan eds. Book 1 Exploring Health, Social Care and Wellbeing (pp. 28-50)
Publisher : The Open University | Published : The Open University
Leading, Managing, Caring: Understanding Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care (2013)
MacKian, Sara and Simons, Joan eds.
ISBN : 9780415658515 | Publisher : Routledge in association with The Open University | Published : Abingdon
Ethical and Philosophical Aspects of Nursing Children and Young People (2011-03-11)
Brykczynska, Gosia M. and Simons, Joan eds.
ISBN : 9781405194143 | Publisher : John Wiley and Sons Ltd | Published : Chichester
Supporting parents of children who have complex needs to assess and manage their children's pain: health care practitioners' perspectives. (2015)
Simons, Joan M.; Carter, Bernie; Bray, Lucy and Arnott, Janine
In : Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Annual Conference 2015 (28 - 30 April 2015, Birmingham)
Consulting with children prior to designing research: is it really worth the effort? (2014)
Carter, B.; Satchwell, C.; Simons, J. and Bray, L.
In : The 5th Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Societies (EAPS) (17 - 21 October 2014, Barcelona, Spain)
The power of stories of children's pain (2013-06)
Carter, Bernie and Simons, Joan
In : 9th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain (17- 20 June 2013, Stockholm, Sweden)
Identifying innovations in children's pain management project: an international perspective (2013-06)
Simons, Joan
In : 9th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain (17- 20 June 2013, Stockholm, Sweden)

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