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Claire Ford


Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

HLS Claire Ford Claire graduated from Northumbria University with a first class honours degree in adult nursing, and a distinction in midwifery (postgraduate diploma). Claire received an academic achievement award for both her nursing and midwifery studies and received the ‘Heath medal’, which was awarded for both academic and clinical excellence in nursing. In 2016, she, alongside her colleague Laura Park, was a finalist for the student ‘Nursing Times Award – Teaching Innovation of the Year’, for their ‘Skills 4 Practice Website’.

Claire’s role as Lecturer includes contributing to the delivery of a range of modules across preregistration healthcare programmes, both nationally and internationally. This has incorporated involvement in a simulation-training programme for Thailand Nurse Educators, simulated clinical skills sessions for medical students from St George’s University and participation in the delivery of nursing modules to undergraduate students in Malta. Teaching activities include demonstrating clinical skills, undertaking lectures, facilitating seminars and workshops, supporting students independent learning, conducting placement visits, and providing tutorials and pastoral guidance.  Claire’s interests are centred on clinical skills, perioperative care, gynaecology and women’s health and pedagogical teaching methods, which encourage learning through a variety of media, including those methods that employ more technological interventions.  In addition to teaching, Claire is involved in several research projects. Her PhD study examines perioperative care and pain planning using both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods and is underpinned by a critical ethnographic methodology. She is also involved in a research project, which is exploring the use of technology-enhanced learning and virtual reality to augment undergraduate students learning experiences of clinical skills.

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  • Midwifery PGDip Passed with Distinction June 25 2012
  • Nursing Studies BSc (Hons) Past with first class honours September 02 2009
  • Nurse Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2009

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Co-Founder of Skills for Practice Website, PhD student and Lecturer at Northumbria University.

Interested in simulation, TEL, clinical skills, pain, perioperative care care and women's health. 


Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Oral presentation: A mixed methodological approach to exploring students' views of the 'skills for practice' website, to assist with the learning of practical skills 2018320
  • Oral presentation: Technology Enhanced learning (TEL) in an Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum, benefits, solutions and challenges. 2018320
  • Oral presentation: Using virtual reality in the classroom, a focus group exploration of nursing undergraduates' perceptions. 2018320
  • Oral presentation: Using technology enhanced learning (TEL) and virtual reality to enrich the development of clinical and non-technical skills in healthcare undergraduates. 201796
  • Oral presentation: Using innovations in technology to support the teaching of clinical skills to undergraduates 201753

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Cannulation in adults, Ford, C. 11 Jul 2019
  • Adult pain assessment and management, Ford, C. 11 Apr 2019
  • An evaluation study of a blended learning approach to teaching neurological observations using Kirkpatricks model, Derbyshire, J., Ford, C., Stephenson, S. 21 Mar 2019, North East Simulation Network Event
  • Interprofessional bariatric training, Fairbairn, S., Ford, C., Taylor, S., Gilthorpe, J., Tweedlie, J., Hutchinson, A. 21 Mar 2019, North East Simulation Network Event
  • How to take manual blood pressure, Park, L., Ford, C., Allan, J. 24 Jan 2019
  • How to apply and remove medical gloves, Ford, C., Park, L. 10 Jan 2019
  • Venepuncture in adults, Skarparis, K., Ford, C. 13 Dec 2018
  • Hand hygiene and handwashing, Ford, C., Park, L. 8 Nov 2018
  • Preoperative pain planning and management, Ford, C. 21 Jun 2018, British Association of Day Surgery - AGM Conference
  • A focus group exploration of using virtual reality to support the teaching of nursing undergraduates, Park, L., Ford, C., Melling, A. 26 Mar 2018, Networking For Education in Healthcare Conference 2018: NET Conference 2018


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