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Joanne Atkinson

Head of Department

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Joanne followed a career in cancer care as a Macmillan Palliative Care Nurse Specialist in Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust before she started working in education.

She is the regional representative for the National Council of Palliative Care and is in the final year of a Professional Doctorate examining The Philosophy of End of Life Care and How Media Influences It. 

Her areas of specialism include:

  • Palliative care
  • End of life care
  • Media influences on professional practice
  • The challenge of the assisted dying debate


  • Education MEd January 05 1998
  • Education PGDipEd January 05 1998
  • Nursing Studies BA (Hons) June 30 1995
  • Teacher Training CertEd June 30 1991
  • CertEd June 30 1986
  • Information not provided Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 1985
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2003


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