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Prof Alison Machin

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Alison is Professor of Nursing and Interprofessional Education and Head of the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University; a large Department of 152 staff and 3000 students. She is also currently the Northumbria strategic lead for a high profile, international nurse education collaborative venture in Malta.

Alison has a large portfolio of Doctoral research supervision and is an experienced PhD examiner. She is also an Associate Editor with the Journal of Interprofessional Care and actively involved with CAIPE, the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education.

Alison joined Northumbria University in 1999 as a Senior Lecturer in adult nursing. In 2003 she was appointed as Director of Interprofessional Education, with Principal Lecturer responsibility for the strategic development of interprofessional education across health and social care pre-registration programmes.

Alison also played a lead role in a national DoH funded initiative to embed service improvement learning into pre-registration health curricula.  She has led Post Graduate taught programmes in public health, enhancing the learning experience of both UK and international students. Prior to joining the University she worked for 11 years as a Registered Nurse and as a Health Visitor supporting the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. Her research interests include: interprofessional education; nursing and healthcare collaborative workforce development; health visiting; and public health; using qualitative methodologies including grounded theory.


  • Education PGCE June 30 1999
  • Health Studies MSc June 30 1999
  • Health Studies PhD October 01 1998
  • Information not provided Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2016
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2012

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The influence of culture, structure and human agency on interprofessional learning in a neurosurgical practice learning setting: A case study, Derbyshire, J., Machin, A. 18 Apr 2020, In: Journal of Interprofessional Care
  • A constructivist grounded theory study to explore compassion through the perceptions of individuals who have experienced nursing care, Straughair, C., Clarke, A., Machin, A. 1 Jul 2019, In: Journal of Advanced Nursing
  • A plan for nursing, Machin, A., Nielsen, F. 24 Oct 2019, In: British Journal of Nursing
  • Clinical Skills, Human Touch, Machin, A. 28 Mar 2019, In: British Journal of Nursing
  • Developing a new nursing degree in Malta, Machin, A., Conner, A., Farrugia, P., Melling, A., Allan, J., Morgan, D. 8 Mar 2019
  • A qualitative exploration of stakeholder perceptions of the implementation of place-based working and its potential to reduce health inequality, Steer, M., Machin, A. Dec 2018, In: Journal of Public Health
  • Collaborative child home injury prevention in Thailand, Machin, A., Ngamsuoy, A., Pearson, P. 27 Jun 2018, In: Nursing and Health Sciences
  • The lived experience of first year undergraduate student nurses, Porteous, D., Machin, A. 1 Jan 2018, In: Nurse Education Today
  • Locality, loneliness and lifestyle: a qualitative study of factors influencing women's health perceptions, Bates, J., Machin, A. Sep 2016, In: Health & Social Care in the Community

PGR Supervision

  • Stephen Craig Start: 01/03/2020
  • Stephen Craig Start: 01/03/2020
  • Margaret Scott Start: 01/11/2014
  • Barry Hill Start: 01/10/2017
  • Laura Park Interprofessional relationships at work: a grounded theory study of the perceptions of a stroke care Multi-Disciplinary Team Start: 18/12/2014
  • Jane Douthwaite Start: 01/10/2018
  • Anthony Conner A nursing-focused study of the permeation of top-down patient safety initiatives into the organisational culture in an NHS trust Start: 01/12/2016
  • Julie Derbyshire A Case Study Exploring How the Neurological Practice Context Facilitates Interprofessional Learning for Undergraduate Health Care Students Start: 18/05/2016
  • Lynn Craig A Hermeneutic Study of Service Improvement Experiences in Nursing: From Student to Newly Registered Nurse Start: 01/02/2012


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