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Dr Pauline Brand

Profile summary

  • Visiting Informal Academic
  • Honarary Associate
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • School Office (HWSC)
  • pauline.brand

Professional biography

Staff Tutor , Area manager,Senior Lecturer,Faculty of Health and Social Care The Open University in the East of England

Following  general nurse training at the Royal Free Hospital, I  went on to qualify as a midwife and later a health visitor. After completing an Open University BA (Hons)  I undertook completed a PGDE in 1992 and an MSc (Nursing) in 1994. I was  awarded my Doctorate in 2008 for my thesis entitled “Birth Control Nursing in the Marie Stopes Mothers Clinics 1921-1931”.



I am a member of the Committee for the UK Association for the History of Nursing (Constituent Association of the European Nursing History Group) anda member of the Steering Group the UK Centre for the History of Nursing and Midwifery.


Since 2008 I have  been a Learning Representative for the Royal College of Nursing in the Eastern Region


Research interests

History of  Nursing

History of birth control

History of the development of a nurse led birth control sevice

History of the development of services to treat venereal disease

The work of VADs during the First World War

The East Coast flood disaster 1953-impact on health services

Doctoral thesis " Birth control nursing in the Marie Stopes Mothers' Clinics ,1921-1931"

An exploration of the life of Miss E.S. Daniels-birth control pioneer and abortion rights campaigner


Fantasy and Philanthropy-the life and work of Sister Mary Ward ,Consultant nurse to long distance boatmen and their families.

Teaching interests

Contraception and sexual health

Health promotion

Professional Issues

Research and ethics

History of nursing

Member of the American Association for the History of Nursing

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Department of Nursing Research GroupResearch GroupFaculty of Health and Social Care
OU Public Health and Health Promotion Research GroupResearch GroupFaculty of Health and Social Care


Demystifying contraception

A research grant has just been awarded to an OU researcher to demystify contraception.

15th August 2019
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