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Ms Nicky Hughes

Profile summary

  • Regional Academic Staff
  • Staff Tutor in Nursing (Leeds)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Regions & Nations (HWSC)

Professional biography

A motivated, enthusiastic educationalist, with a special interest in Nursing development in the NHS. Committed to life long learning and the provision of education for all at all levels with significant experience in Critical Care Nursing, prior to progressing into education where I have gained comprehensive experience in programme leadership, curriculum development and delivery.

I previously worked in a large Teaching Hospital Trust in the Department of Education, Training and Professional Development as NHS Traineeship Co-ordinator and Programme Leader. I have worked on various projects in the department, finding this a very exiting and challenging role.

As a critical care nurse I completed the ENB 249 Cardio-Thoracic Nursing Diploma and the ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing in Clinical well as ENB870 diploma in Research Studies. Whenever the opportunity arose I acted as mentor for both pre and post graduate students and latterly as assessor for support workers undertaking National Vocational Qualifications and preceptor to newly appointed staff. My teaching role included active participation in the development of practice in caring for ventilated patients.

A move into Accident and Emergency (A&E) in the then new Emergency Assessment Unit provided the opening to develop a new role and be a leading role in the setting up of the Clinical Decisions Unit. Being a part of the planning and development of the Clinical Decisions unit provided fantastic opportunity to develop both management and leadership skills extending beyond the usual role of a staff nurse. This involved inducting staff in to the department, developing a coherent team rapidly, establishing ways of working across the multi-disciplinary team, directly supporting the Senior Sister until the appointment of an F Grade Sister.

In addition while working in the A&E Department I was encouraged and supported to complete my Assessors Award, D32/33, and undertake my First Degree in Health Care gaining an Honours degree shortly after commencing my next post. Within my Degree I opted to take a management module supporting the developments occurring within my role in A&E.

Consequently this put me in an ideal position to take on a secondment role of Cadet Scheme Facilitator working in Professional Development within the acute trust allowing me to explore the role as an educator while remaining in the NHS.

Specifically a teaching role, the development of teaching packages using a variety of resources, including power point presentations and self-directed learning systems has been a significant learning opportunity. Teaching to candidates from age 14years upwards with a majority of mature learners brings with it the need to be very aware of the different possible starting points especially when in the same taught group. Ensuring that each individual is treated equally and with individuality is a task not envied by most. I believe that I myself have the maturity and knowledge to be able to do this in a fair way.

Specialist areas of teaching include the theory and practice of clinical monitoring, fluid balance recording, first aid and resuscitation, aseptic technique and moving and handling of patients and loads. Other subjects include anatomy and physiology especially Cardiac and Respiratory and Key skills (communication and numeracy). In addition I led the development of a basic skills (distance learning) system to support trust staff including the setting up of on line testing in the department.

During this period my own role developed dramatically, delivering traineeships in different occupations, Administration, Nursing, Estates, Pharmacy and in shorter programmes for Work Experience and working in partnership to incorporate New Deal and a progression programme for the NHSP. My role was to co-ordinate these programmes and support facilitators, ensuring that they achieve all aspects of the traineeship framework. I am required to keep up to date records of trainees and submit records to claim funding. In addition I was very involved in the process of submitting bids for further funding for the next three years under the traineeship heading.

The extent of this role has taken me to Programme Leader and subsequently I have developed a wider role working in collaboration with the Learning and Skills Council, Work Force Development Confederation, Further and Higher Education organisations, and Individual Training Providers. Regularly involved with the recruitment of students on to the Pre- Registration Nursing programme in Higher Education.

While working in the Professional development department, support to develop ones self was excellent and I have achieved a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and an NVQ Level 4 in Advice and Guidance. Both these qualifications have ensured that I have the required skills to develop my teaching and suppport of students in a variety of settings. 

In 2007 I moved to the role of Staff Tutor at the Open University in Yorkshire enjoying working in collaboration with a significant network of staff all passionate about Pre Registration Nursing. The Open University has since supported me to achieve a Masters in Education Leadership.

Research interests

The development of nursing practice through high quality education.

Teaching interests

Specialist areas of teaching include the theory and practice of clinical monitoring, fluid balance recording, first aid and resuscitation, aseptic technique, intravenous medication and moving and handling of patients and loads. Other subjects include anatomy and physiology especially Cardiac and Respiratory and Key skills (communication and numeracy).


Victoria Cumming, recipient of the Andrew Cornell Award 2017

WELS student wins Andrew Cornwell Award 2017

Victoria Cumming received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Work and was also given the Andrew Cornwell Award 2017 for the highest-performing graduate in the social work programme at the Open University's degree ceremony

6th November 2017
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