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Mrs Hilary Jane Abbott-Brailey

Senior Lecturer

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Hilary qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1984 and worked in orthopaedic nursing (surgery) prior to entering nurse education in 1987.

She is a senior lecturer teaching predominantly on the BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies / Registered Nurse programmes and has also contributed to teaching programmes with international partners. Hilary has a keen interest in all aspects of communication and compassion within health care practice, particularly within nurse / patient relationships. She was involved in the Common Learning Programme as a member of the project team in the North East of England in relation to interprofessional learning within clinical practice. Hilary is also interested in curriculum development and is exploring ways of using creative learning / teaching approaches within the pre-registration nursing curricula, facilitating students to explore their experiences through media such as poetry.  Hilary is a link tutor for the Erasmus programme within the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, facilitating student exchanges with partner institutions in Spain. 

Campus Address

Coach Lane Campus East

0191 215 6337


MA Counselling, BSc (Hons) Nursing Science, Certificate of Education (Further Education), DPSN, NMC recorded Lecturer / Practice Educator, Registered General Nurse.

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Communication and counselling. Compassion in care.
  •  Nurse / patient relationships, partnership working, user/carer involvement.
  •  Reflection and reflective practice. Therapeutic use of self. Emotional intelligence. Mindfulness.
  •  Interprofessional education, interprofessional working.
  • Art of nursing. Creative approaches to learning / teaching and understanding the service user experience.
  • Professional development and transition.

Professional Activity

Member of the Practice Learning Team within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Erasmus link tutor facilitating student international exchanges with partner institutions in Spain.

Sponsors and Collaborators

  • Nursing and Midwifery  Council recorded Lecturer / Practice Educator
  • Registrant of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (Registered General Nurse)
  • Member of the Royal College of Nursing

Key Publications

Stephens, J., Abbott-Brailey, H. and Platt, A. (2011) Appearing the Team; from practice to simulation.  The International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 18(12), pp. 672-682

“Evaluating internship as preparation for student nurse role transition to staff nurse”. Final report published January 2009, Northumbria University.

Stephens, J., Abbott-Brailey, H. and Pearson, P. (2007) “It's a funny old game”. Football as an educational metaphor within induction to practice-based interprofessional learning. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 21(4), pp. 375–385.


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